The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced February 7th, 2017 its adoption of a new policy: all images of public-domain artworks in the Museum’s collection are now available for free and unrestricted use.
This updated policy, known as Open Access, utilizes the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) designation. This policy change is an update to The Museum’s 2014 Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) initiative. The Met’s Open Access policy facilitates the use of more than 375,000 images of public-domain artworks for both scholarly and commercial purposes. The Museum is collaborating with global partners to enable greater access to the collection.