GOOGLE AND DIGITAL MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

alexandra darraby
Mar 26, 2013 9:00pm
Leslie A. Gordon for The Docket in the February issue of the ABA JOURNAL 
IT'S GOOGLE, BUT IS IT ART? 
"Google's mission to digitize artwork from around the world is testing the bounds of copyright protection and the fairness of licensing contracts.  Launched in February 2011, the Google Art Project provides access to more than 30,000 high-resolution images of paintings, sculptures and photographs from more than 180 museums and institutions in 40 countries. "'Google is so proprietary about their licensing arrangements with public institutions, [that] it requires every museum to enter into a confidential agreement,' says [Alexandra] Darraby....author of the Guide to Digital Art & New Media.... Because museums hold artworks in the public trust, licensing those assets requires transparency,' Darraby says. 'What are the obligations of a public institution to fulfill its public mission?"