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IDontTrustGod t1_izdyiy7 wrote

Welcome to Smithsonian Open Access, where you can download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking. With new platforms and tools, you have easier access to more than 4.4 million 2D and 3D digital items from our collections—with many more to come. This includes images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo.

What will you create?


92894952620273749383 t1_ize7m7k wrote

We need a sub where we share stuff we find


DiplomaticGoose t1_izejw3q wrote

something like "/r/publicdomainhunting"


Zeddit_B t1_izeehbd wrote

Inb4 Getty copyrights all of it.


cajunjoel t1_izefkji wrote

I'm sure the Smithsonian would have stern words and lots of lawyer-speak should the Getty try to do this.


JacobLambda t1_izf27gs wrote

They already did this with public domain works from the Library of Congress and the result of the legal case was that because the works are public domain, Getty is free to put them behind a pay wall and even potentially DMCA people for using those public domain works (in the case that the image was sourced from Getty instead of direct from the source and then shared elsewhere).

Basically Getty can bully anyone into paying them for using a public domain work and even if you fight them in court, the only recourse would be that they drop the charge (but not covering court fees).


fucktheDHanditsfans t1_izeo3c5 wrote

Currently, there are no backsies on the public domain. I'm sure we'll live to see eternal copyrights ex post facto as well, though.


Mic_Check_One_Two t1_izi2rfh wrote

Well… Kind of. Disney has a habit of pulling inspiration from public domain, then copyrighting their new version and using it to bully anyone who tries to use the original source material. Basically every Disney princess came from a story in public domain. But if you try to sell anything related to Peter Pan, Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, etc I can almost guarantee Disney’s army of lawyers will be on your ass. Even if what you’re selling doesn’t include Disney’s material. They’ll try to bully you with lawsuits simply for using the same source and being tangentially related as a result.


Elfere t1_izdkos8 wrote

Good post OP


SundayJan2017 t1_izenenh wrote

This is gonna be my new favorite website after Wiki. Something to snuggle inside a warm blanket just before bedtime.


rock_vbrg t1_ize1vwj wrote

Thank you for sharing!


foefyre t1_izflnoe wrote

Apparently you can copyright the work of others using this as well.


bobbosr1_dayton t1_izgsm4j wrote

Saved! Only to forget about it later 😁


pulus t1_izefleg wrote

But if you use any of it on youtube you could be in for bad time.


geekonthemoon t1_izeifqs wrote

Nope, it's all completely free to use, even for commercial use. Some few exceptions, like if the item itself is something related to a brand and is already under Copyright by someone else. But otherwise you can literally do anything you want with their assets.


pulus t1_izekgal wrote

I was talking about how even if it’s free to use, if you use it on youtube you could get your channel cancelled by copyright leeches.


throwawater t1_izepur5 wrote

That can happen even to things you create yourself. The days of being a small creator are nearing an end. Even if you manage to rise above the noise and get a bit of recognition, anyone, anywhere can claim you made a sound they have copyright for. They get all the money for the video you made and it's wayyyy more difficult to prove your case than it was for them to prove theirs. Google, apparently, doesn't give a shit.


geekonthemoon t1_izg2orw wrote

Yeah I mean fraudulent copyright takedowns are gonna happen regardless. YouTube sucks when it comes to protecting their creators fairly.


xman747x t1_izeqtec wrote

this really is a hidden treasure


fargerich t1_izg41el wrote

Nice to see that you posted it!


dtr1002 t1_izgxiya wrote

But nothing about giant skeletons, oh no, nothing to see here.