Copyright agreement photo collections
Within Images for the Future we try to establish the broadest possible public availability of digitised photo collections. Online availability has become a minimum requirement. There’s really only one big hold up. Behind the photo collections there are thousands of different photographers, photo agencies and other copyright holders.
For a mass digitisation project like Images for the Future, it proved impossible to trace all the owners individually. Therefore the Nationaal Archief signed an agreement with Pictoright on December 2010. Pictoright is the collective copyright management organisation for visual artists in the Netherlands. The agreement allows to make photos available online, even if the copyright holders are unknown. Nearly one hundred thousand historical photos are thus free to watch online at the image bank of the Nationaal Archief.