Since July 2010, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France has been delivering more than 1,400 book scans in the huge Wikimedia Commons archive.
Even without an official partnership, the Studio Harcourt, widely known for celebrities portraits and recognized by Roland Barthes among his Mythologies, has started to upload its material.
These are only the latest institutions that have chosen to distribute its assets without the restrictions of copyright.
The priceless collections of Bundesarchiv, the German Federal Archive, the Deutsche Fotothek and Tropenmuseum, further demonstrate a full understanding of the free sharing of knowledge.
Similarly, the Flickr Commons project no longer includes only North American universities and libraries.
Such initiatives not only offer a valuable contribution to the documentation of a global memory through some of the world’s most important websites, but also a free and immediate access to a boundless repository available to anyone engaging in media production.