[OpenGLAM] Italy: ICCD publishes 50k historical images "for personal use only"

Stefano Costa steko at iosa.it
Thu May 22 10:29:47 UTC 2014

Hello all,
this has not received much publicity (perhaps understandably), but 
recently the ICCD (Italy's Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la 
Documentazione) opened up ~ 50k images from their historical archives 

Unfortunately, as anyone familiar with Italy's cultural institutions 
will guess, this material, albeit in the public domain, falls under the 
annoying cultural heritage rights law so it's basically unusable for 
commercial use and "can only be shared" (sic) for personal use, even if 
the images are totally low-res (I can't even imagine how ridiculously 
small they appear on a retina display).

The terms of service provide an indication of CC-BY-NC-SA but additional 
requirements are stated here 
http://www.iccd.beniculturali.it/index.php?it/417/termini-e-condizioni-duso based on various decrees. Summing up: another epic fail.

Any comments or suggestions?


Stefano Costa
Editor, Journal of Open Archaeology Data

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