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National Portrait Gallery Takes Action

Written by Jody Tsigarides on 15 July 2009

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It has been reported this week that the National Portrait Gallery has threatened to take legal action against an individual who downloaded 3,014 high resolution images from its website.

It is reported that Derrick Coetzee downloaded the images from the website and uploaded them on Wikipedia for users to use for free.

It is thought that Wikipedia have been approached by other companies in this situation requesting that it allow only low resolution images to be uploaded to its website. The aim of this is to avoid others using the images (for free) as the quality will likely be too poor to re-use.

This is an interesting case especially given the issues of jurisdiction (Derrick Coetzee lives in the US).

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