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Fight Escalates over Licensing Rights between Wikipedia and London's National Portrait Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

There's a battle of he said-she said brewing between Britain's National Portrait Gallery and Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia whom the museum has accused of theivery.


Two weeks ago, the museum threatened legal action against Derrick Coetzee, a Wikipedia volunteer who was allegedly able to "de-scramble" high-resolution images of a number of works copyrighted by the NPG, which is in the middle of a large and expensive program to digitize its entire collection. The museum said they had no interest in suing Wikipedia, and even now remain hopeful that the matter can be settled outside of court.

Read the complete article at the BBC News.

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