Sale of photographs by Museum

R Walker made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Museum of London

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Dear Museum of London,

You sell pictures from a collection of photographs taken by Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs (known as the Cross and Tibbs Collection).

I would be grateful for the following information regarding these photographs:

* How much money has been generated by sales of these photographs including money raised through any associated activities such as reproduction licensing, etc, for each individual year between 2004 - 2014 inclusive?

* Who holds the copyright for these photographs and what terms does the copyright holder (if someone other than the Museum of London) allow the Museum of London to use, reproduce, sell copies of the photographs?

* What happens to the income generated from the sale of the photographs?

Yours faithfully,

R Walker

Simmons, Christine, Museum of London

Dear Mr Walker

I acknowledge receipt of your email of 7 February 2015 in which you request, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, information about the sale of photographs by the Museum of London. You will receive a full response to your request within the statutory time limit of 20 working days.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Christine Simmons
Museum Archivist and Records Manager

Christine Simmons
Museum Archivist & Records Manager (Temp)
Museum of London
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN
Tel: 020 7814 5682
Email: [email address]
www.museumoflondon.org.uk

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Simmons, Christine, Museum of London

Dear R Walker

I write in response to your email of 7 February 2015 in which you request, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, information about pictures from a collection of photographs taken by Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs (known as the Cross and Tibbs Collection).

I set out below each point of your request with my response beneath.

In relation to the collection of photographs taken by Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs (known as the Cross and Tibbs Collection):

1. How much money has been generated by sales of these photographs including money raised through any associated activities such as reproduction licensing, etc, for each individual year between 2004 - 2014 inclusive?

The figures for income generated from the sale of the photographs, excluding VAT, is as follows:

2014 - £752.33
2013 - £786.59
2012 - £613.89
2011 - £668.14
2010 - £349.39
2009 - £107.97
2008 - £0
2007 - £0

There is no information held for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006.

2 Who holds the copyright for these photographs and what terms does the copyright holder (if someone other than the Museum of London) allow the Museum of London to use, reproduce, sell copies of the photographs?

The photographers Arthur Cross and Fred Tibbs were City of London policemen who were assigned to record the Blitz during World War II. It is the Museum’s understanding that the copyright was held by the City of London Police and this may still be correct, although if the photographers died before 1945 the copyright in the original photographs would have now expired since the duration of copyright in photographs in the UK is 70 years after the death of the creators. Unfortunately the Museum does not hold information regarding which of the two photographers photographed each image held in its collections or when the photographers died. It is possible that since the photographs were produced by the City of London Police they were Crown copyright in which case the copyright would now have expired as it only lasts for 50 years after the creation of the photographs.

In 2004 the City of London Police granted the Museum permission to make copies of the original photographs by Cross and Tibbs held in its collections, to reproduce copies and to supply and license the use of the images to third parties without seeking further clearance or paying any royalties. In return the Museum of London agreed that when published the images must include the following in the credit line ‘By Kind Permission of The Commissioner of the City of London Police’.

3 What happens to the income generated from the sale of the photographs?

All profit generated from the sale of the photographs is reinvested into the museum.

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Yours sincerely

Christine Simmons
Interim Museum Archivist and Records Manager

Christine Simmons
Museum Archivist & Records Manager (Temp)
Museum of London
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN
Tel: 020 7814 5682
Email: [email address]
www.museumoflondon.org.uk

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Dear Simmons, Christine,

Thank you very much for your response and for providing the information. Thanks to you and your colleagues for your time.

Yours sincerely,

R Walker