Can I add to this discussion, to say how wonderful it is that some of
the great Museums (BM, Louvre, Madrid) allow photography without
flash as it is to my mind a vital part any visit to be able to have
images for private study use - as much of this material is otherwise
unavailable - so that one can work on it afterwards. Digital
photography is a absolutely vital tool for research. I even
photograph the labels to ensure that I have all the data - it saves
endless writing down! It is generally the tinpot museums that ban
photography - and they deserve their reputation for being utterly
paranoid and petty minded. Photography is a fundamental part of
public access to collections. If one has paid one's entrance, then
one should be allowed to take photos.
Ironically Maes Howe is actually one of the few monuments in the UK
that BANS photography. Historic Scotland should be utterly ashmed of
their stance here, especially as they dont have available decent
image of their own of the Runic inscriptions that the public can access.
Happy Christmas everyone! sorry about Bonekickers.....
On 11 Dec 2008, at 14:08, Michael Haseler wrote:
> Jonathan Ferguson wrote:
>> Very interesting, thank you. Bearing this in mind, I wonder how
>> much museum income generation relies upon ignorance of the law (on
>> both sides).
> Not much!
> I regularly take pictures in museums (and I never look to see if
> photography is allowed). And then if I want a really good photo, I
> buy the guidebook!
> In terms of a museum, by far the best publicity any museum gets is
> the "me and the kids at this or that place" shown to all the family.
> The simple fact is that if you don't allow photography, you don't
> get the thousands of free adverts in people's homes to friends and
> family and you don't get people saying "Oh, yes I remember that was
> a fantastic place you really should go and see it".
> E.g. when I showed the family our pictures from Orkney, Maes Howe
> was a picture of an uninspiring grassy mound. I've no doubt that
> photo will not have inspired anyone to go and visit Orkney.
> And when the normal people look again at the photos of Orkney in a
> few years, they'll forget that Maes Howe even existed because there
> is no photographic prompt in their photographic memory of the
> island, and they will not be inspired to visit again.
> When will museum staff realise that:
> NO PHOTOGRAPHY = NO PUBLICITY!
>> Jonathan Ferguson
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>> National Museums Scotland
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>> Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] Copyright of photographic images
>> Jonathan Ferguson wrote:
>>> They may not be able to reclaim that image from you, but
>>> surely they can stop you from *publishing* it. Can't
>> No. They can try suing you afterwards for breach of contract on
>> the grounds that there is an implied term to assign your copyright
>> to them, and you haven't - but that risks being thrown out for
>> being an unfair contract term.
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