[Wikipedia-l] Obnoxious art galleries...

Robert Graham Merkel robert.merkel at benambra.org
Wed Aug 4 05:09:56 UTC 2004

On Wed, Aug 04, 2004 at 04:41:09AM +0000, wikipedia-l-request at Wikimedia.org wrote:
> Message: 8
> Date: Tue, 3 Aug 2004 21:38:28 -0700
> From: "Jimmy (Jimbo) Wales" <jwales at wikia.com>
> Subject: [Wikipedia-l] [bhorrocks at npg.org.uk: National Portrait
> 	Gallery	images on Wikipedia website]
> To: wikipedia-l at wikimedia.org, wikien-l at wikimedia.org
> Message-ID: <20040804043828.GM23467 at wikia.com>
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> It would please me greatly to be able to respond that their claims are
> preposterous.  Shall we research this carefully?

I don't know about UK law, but the National Gallery of Victoria 
in Australia (with the shared legal tradition I believe the copyright
laws are similar) seems to believe that they own the rights to any 
photographs of the artworks they own, even if the artworks themselves 
are in the public domain.  You will note the copyright notice on 
this Australian website:


This is despite the fact that McCubbin died in 1917.

I have been meaning to get around to making further enquiries into this
in the Australian context, but haven't got around to it.  Given this
enquiry, it just got moved up my priority list.

                                           Robert Merkel
                                     robert.merkel at benambra.org

This is a non-story. Pakistan is our ally in the war against terrorism.
They're the good guys. Nuclear weapons in the hands of the good guys are
Now if it were learned that Saddam had access to designs for constructing
paper airplanes, THAT would be front page news.
--Beth, poster at http://atrios.blogspot.com, 31/1/2003, in response to 
low-prominence media reports of an Israeli national arrested for selling
US nuclear technology to Pakistan.

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