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Monday, December 04, 2006

V&A images go free, sort of

There's a fair amount of chat about this story at the moment:


It would be interesting to see what our picture library/licensing people
thought about it. Remarks about the viability of making cash from
digitised assets generally seem to be along the lines of "don't aim to
make money from this, you'll be lucky to break even, so do it for other
reasons". Not that we can't make money, but perhaps we should be putting
more of our emphasis on the "dissemination of culture" part of our
mission than on the "supporting our financial stability" part, since at
least we might succeed in the former.

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