Dear Sir or Madam,
I note that the NPG charges a fee to websites that use digital images of works from the NPG collection. Please would you let me know, for each of the past 5 years (either calendar or financial, whichever is more convenient):
How many requests were made for use of NPG collection images on third party websites.
How much income was received by the NPG in consideration of the use of NPG collection images on third party websites.
The approximate cost to the NPG of administering the online rights programme, including credit card transaction charges and other related fees charged by the NPG's bankers.
The minutes of the relevant NPG meeting at which a decision was made to charge for reproduction of NPG collection images on third party websites.
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Head of Archive & Library
Dear Etienne Pollard
Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of Information Act. We will respond to this request within the next twenty working days, i.e. by Wednesday 22 April.
Dear Mr Pollard
I am writing in response to the request you made under the Freedom of
Information Act in your email of 23 March 2009 for the following
1 The number of requests made for use of National Portrait Gallery
collection images on third party websites in each of the past five years.
2008/9 235 licences granted
2007/8 413 licences granted
2006/7 295 licences granted
2005/6 est. 205 licences granted
2004/5 est. 305 licences granted
2. The income received by the National Portrait Gallery in consideration
of the use of National Portrait Gallery collection images on third party
websites in each of the past five years.
3. The approximate cost to the NPG of administering the online rights
programme, including credit card transaction charges and other related
fees charged by the National Portrait Gallery's bankers.
The Gallery has not calculated the cost of specifically administering the
online rights programme exclusive of other Picture Library activities and
therefore it does not hold the information you have requested.
4. The minutes of the relevant National Portrait Gallery meeting at which
a decision was made to charge for reproduction of National Portrait
Gallery collection images on third party websites.
Copyright management and image licensing decisions are delegated to the
Head of Rights & Reproductions and therefore the Gallery does not hold the
information you have requested.
Under the terms of the Act, I am required to inform you of our appeals
procedure in case you are not satisfied with the above response. A copy
of our public leaflet on Freedom of Information, which advises you how to
appeal to the Gallery and of your right to appeal to the Information
Commissioner, can be found on the Gallery website at: