sale of images

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      Ronald Heroux

      A person contacted us about using some of our images for a newly forming restaurant. Since it’s a for-profit endeavor I’m inclined to charge a fee per image for our non-profit historical society. Does anyone else think this is more appropriate than just donating the images? Should there also be a ‘use agreement’?

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      Mark Dodge

      Hi Ronald
      I think it’s very appropriate to charge for using photographs from your institution. I would also have them sign a use agreement. Here’s link to our online use policy and order form. Our pricing generally mirrors the Denver Public Library.

      Mark Dodge
      Golden History Museums, City of Golden

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      Lea Edgar

      Hi Ronald,

      As Mark mentioned, it is very appropriate. This is generally a cost recovery concern, but also helps to support non-profits such as us! We do not charge a “use fee” for decoration (not advertising), but we do charge a fee for us supplying the image, which involves scanning it and providing a high resolution digital copy, or supplying a high quality print. Your efforts and your collections have value, and the public should expect and understand that. As for what you should charge, I recommend looking at your neighbouring libraries, archives and museums to see what they charge and take an average. After this request is sorted out, make sure a clear policy and procedure is in place so you don’t have to worry about it again. If you would like to see our fee schedule and license agreement, I would be happy to send it to you. It’s not perfect and is in Canadian dollars, but it might be a place to start. Send me an email if you’re interested: archives[at]

      Lea Edgar
      Vancouver Maritime Museum

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