Conditions: Europeana is the digital platform for European cultural heritage. Many of the images have no use restrictions on them and are free to use for any purpose. To search for these, tick the Free Re-use box on the left side of the search filters.
The re-use conditions for free may be affected by the copyright conditions in your country:
Rights Reserved – Free Access
This rights statement has been RETIRED from use by Europeana and replaced with ‘In Copyright’.
This digital object is protected by copyright and/or related rights. This digital object is accessible without charge, but its use is subject to the licensing conditions set by the organization giving access to it.
Unless expressly stated otherwise in the licensing conditions, you are free to make any of the acts permitted by your national copyright and related rights act, including browsing, printing and making a copy for your own personal purposes.
All other acts of reproduction and communication to the public are subject to the licensing conditions attached to the digital object.
Conditions: Getting images free from the NMM requires fulfilling certain conditions. They give a 100% academic discount for runs below 1000 editions, as below.
‘Discounts on reproduction fees are available for images used on interior pages of scholarly and not-for-profit publications, see the table below. This discount does not include supply fees. A minimum £50 spend applies per order.’
||DISCOUNT N.B. MINIMUM FEE £50 + VAT
|UP TO 3000
|UP TO 2000
|UP TO 1000
The £50 minimum fee is a cost but the images available for this cost if the conditions are fulfilled makes this offer a bargain. File under ‘nearly free’.
‘Conditions of free images
As long as low resolution files are already available on the Picture Library website:http://images.rmg.co.ukyou can download these files for free under the following conditions:
- Academic Press publications, scholarly journals and self-published family history books with a print or e-book run under 500.
(this does not include front or back cover use which does incur a fee).
- Academic thesis and student essays, which are not being published.
- Free educational lectures or classes.
- Private websites and blogs with a primarily informational purpose.
- Low resolution files are 72 dpi and 800 pixels maximum length.
- A maximum of 15 low resolution images can be used in any single project.
- If you re-print the project at a later date, then a fee would need to be paid for the re-print.
High resolution files are subject to a fee.’
The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. Comprising almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts and running to more than a million objects, the Collection is a unique and valuable record of the personal tastes of kings and queens over the past 500 years.
Following the execution of Charles I in 1649, the greater part of the King’s magnificent possessions was sold by order of Oliver Cromwell, and the Royal Collection has largely been formed since the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.
The Royal Collection is held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for her successors and the nation. It is not owned by her as a private individual.
Conditions: Images may be free to use upon personal application to the Picture Library detailing the academic project.
Source: Personal communication. Contact the Picture Library via https://www.royalcollection.org.uk/picturelibrary
The British Library’s collections on Flickr Commons offer access to millions of public domain images, which we encourage you to explore and re-use.
Thousands of images of works in the Center’s collection believed to be in the public domain are available for free through the Center’s online collection catalogue. Under Yale University’s Open Access Policy, anyone may use the Center’s open access material without further application, authorization, or fees due to the Center or to Yale.
For reproduction within (but not on the cover of) a specified book, journal article or booklet, provided that the publication is non-commercial in purpose and has a combined print-run/download total of not more than 3,000 copies.
We consider a project to be scholarly only when its primary intention is to broaden knowledge. Scholarly work undertaken in universities or other publicly funded research institutions normally qualifies as non commercial. Non commercial research is research whose objective is to put new ideas into the public domain for public benefit and at no cost to the end user. It will therefore normally be financed from public or charitable funds.
This waiver is intended for projects in which the scholar is personally responsible for paying reproduction fees and is not available to commercial organisations. We consider a project to be scholarly when its primary intention is to broaden knowledge and when it is based on original research.
Exclusions – the following uses are NOT eligible
· Cover use,
· E-books or Online uses
· Print runs over 1,500 for books and 2,500 for journals (first editions)
· Reprints or 2nd Editions etc
· New work (e.g. required image files do not exist or from archive)
UPDATE **Feedback from scholars who have applied for this waiver says to be careful if you are an independent scholar and not attached to an institution, or with an academic publisher, as the waiver may then not apply**