The Friends of the BC Archives have released a report recommending changes to the reproduction and licensing fees at the Royal BC Museum. FBCA members have raised concerns about the accessibility of archival images under the current reproduction fee schedule and policy.
“Over the past three years, directors for the FBCA have heard concerns from the membership about the increased cost of acquiring and licensing reproductions from the BC Archives. These concerns range from BC authors seeking to publish images and documents in books, to university students, local museums, and social media groups seeking to use materials for educational purposes.” (FCBA report, p.3)
“The FBCA recommends that the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives undertake the following initiatives regarding reproduction and licensing fees:
Short-term (6 months to 1 year)
1) Eliminate licensing fees for non-commercial use of digitized items
2) Re-evaluate licensing fees for commercial use of digitized items within works published/distributed in British Columbia
Medium-term (1 to 2 years)
3) Re-evaluate reproduction fee framework
4) Develop a clear and accessible Open Access/Fair Dealing policy9
5) Investigate Creative Commons or other open licensing to facilitate
appropriate use of digitized materials from RBCM&A collections.
Long-term (2+ years)
6) Increase digital file size available for download through the Access to
Memory (AtoM) database10
7) Develop an annual report that identifies where collection items were used, free of charge, to the benefit of British Columbians.
The FBCA is committed to working with the Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives on these matters.”