This webinar was a platform to have an open discussion about Open Access and its relationship to income generation for picture libraries, agencies, and archives with cultural heritage image content.

We answered questions such as:

  • What is Open Access?
  • What different types of Open Access are there?
  • Can anyone use Open Access material, including for commercial use?
  • Is Open Access a sustainable policy to deliver access without cost?
  • Can revenue streams from licensing image content be maintained under an Open Access framework?
  • When does Creative Commons apply, and does it use the same principles?
  • Are there technological solutions that support image content uploaded to websites?


Matthew Bailey, Image Licensing/Research/Copyright Consultant

Matthew BaileyMatthew has worked in the cultural heritage sector for over 20 years, specialising in image licensing and intellectual property rights management in roles at the National Portrait Gallery, and British Library, as well as working as a freelance picture researcher.

Matthew has been an active member of the Museums Intellectual Property Network, appraising and disseminating information on IP practice relevant to the sector, has worked extensively with the Association for Cultural Enterprises.

Matthew currently works as Contracts and Copyright Executive at the Royal Society for Chemistry, and is a Director at PICSEL, a not-for-profit collective management organisation for pictures, committed to giving picture libraries a level platform to engage in secondary licensing.

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Myriam Upton, Rights Manager, British Museum

Myriam has 25 years’ experience working in the broadcast and cultural heritage sectors, including Star TV, Channel 4 and Glyndebourne.

She has been the Rights Manager at the British Museum for 5 years, advising on copyright and the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations.

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Beatriz Waters, Head of British Museum Images

Beatriz is the Head of BM Images, the British Museum’s content licensing department, having managed the business since its inception in 2006. As a result of this, Beatriz was responsible for implementing fees, standards and policies and communicating these with stakeholders across the Museum in addition to offering advice on intellectual policy and rights issues.

On the one hand, Beatriz brings sales experience of a business which has grown year on year, and on the other hand, an understanding of typical museum dilemmas.

Having worked in the Image industry for 22 years, Beatriz started at the Bridgeman Art Library then moved to British Museum Press as an image buyer before starting the Museum’s first centralised images service.

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When: Thursday 12 August at 16:30 BST

Where: Zoom

Free to BAPLA members

Flexible fees for non-members

Please note: Our webinar sessions are not recorded - this is to encourage open and authentic comments from all of our speakers. Please bear this in mind when booking your ticket. In most cases presentations shared during the webinars are sent to attendees post-event.


Capture Ltd provides digital asset management and media library systems and services. Specialising in media management, rights, licensing, metadata, finance and royalties, our configurable solutions and expert services help a range of organisations to manage, protect, license and elevate the value of images, video, documents, and all other digital content. As well as software, Capture has a team of experts providing keywording services to enhance content discoverability, consultancy on matters relating to content and licensing, as well as dedicated resource to manage parts, or all, of your media library.


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