Digitalt Museum holds numerous collections from various museums across Sweden and Norway.
In this small but diverse collection of public domain images you can find some fine examples of the 19th-20th century lithographs, oil on canvas paintings, black and white drawings, watercolours and pastels.
Among numerous reproductions of ships and naval themes, there are landscapes, sketches of human types, Scandinavian city life scenes, portraits and caricatures, detailed scene drawings, including famous painting of Paddington Railway Station by William Powell Frith.
Artists include Ole Christoffer Thorkelsen, Ilja Repin, Carl Heinrich Hermanns, Lorenz Wilhelm Brandenburg, Otto August Mankell and John Albert Bauer.
1. Visit https://digitaltmuseum.no/.
2. Activate search field.
3. Choose to show ‘Everything in All of DigitaltMuseum’
Now you can see all collection items.
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Only some images are in a high resolution (this depends on a provider, manual checking needed!).
Most digital scans in this collection are under an open licence. Open licence is applied only to those digital scans where the original work is believed to be in the public domain in Norway & Sweden (and most of the European countries). Where digital scan is under an open licence, it is often available to be downloaded in high resolution (however, it varies depending on the provider)
How to find them?
Use a filter:
1. Go to the main page with all collection items (see section ‘How to find images?’)
2. Change Any licence to ‘Public domain (PD)‘, ‘No rights reserved (CC0)’ and ‘Attribution only (BY)’ only
3. In the Content section choose Has picture
In this way you exclude images that are released under more restrictive licences.
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More information by the provider:
Information (See ‘Using Images’)
Most of the original works in this collection, which are under an open licence and available to download in high resolution, are in the public domain in the European countries.
DigitaltMuseum features works from Norway and Sweden. It is guided by Norway’s and Sweden’s copyright law. It applies open licence to digital scans where original works are believed to be in the public domain in Norway or Sweden (and most of the European countries).
How to be more secure?
Focus on older works:
1. Go to the page with all collection items (see section ‘How to find images?’)
2. Go to the Advanced Search field
3. Choose dates from 1000 to 1949 (please note, this is a creation/publication date, and not a death date of the author, which is needed for copyright checks)
4. Choose licences: CC PD, CC0 and CC BY and press Enter
Search results you get are now more likely to be in the public domain in most of the European countries.
Now, after you limited results, check each image individually:
1. Go to the image page
2. Identify all the authors and contributors
3. Find the death date of the last living author (dates are available)
If the last living author has passed away more than 70 years ago, most likely, his/her works are in the public domain in most of the European countries.
However, if you intend to use images for commercial purposes you might want to do additional checks to assess any risk.
Please note, it is always your personal responsibility to make sure the original work is out of copyright in all countries where you distribute your new creative works. The supplier of the digital scan cannot guarantee this.
Go to the main page with all collection items (see section ‘How to find images?’).
In the ‘Advanced search’ field you can specify providers.
In the search results page you can specify:
Search tips by the provider
Go to the page with all collection items. You can display results as:
You can also login and create/share your own folders.
Go to the image page (sometimes you can also find other versions of the same image (e.g. a draft)). Click on an image to zoom in/out.
Go to the image page. Here you will see:
You can also add tags and add comments (login required).
1. Go to the image page.
2. Click on ‘Accept licence and download photo’.
Artist name, Title, Date. [Name of the provider – museum, archive or library]. Open licence (e.g. CC0 ) + a link
Share your new creative works using hashtags #RevivoStories#DigitaltMuseum @DigitaltMuseum!
Attribution guidelines are based on goodwill. They are not legally binding, but they are a secret way how to:
– Say ‘thank you’ to the most friendly for creators museums, archives and libraries.
– Encourage the release of new open collections for creativity.
– Inform and equip your fellow creators with new powers.