Hello everyone. Any feedback on this topic would be greatly appreciated. What do you think of a museum having a program to further its mission that enabled it to rent out a piece of art or valuable through digital tokens, ie: NFTs, whereby the NFT purchaser would be making a donation to the museum for exclusive rights for a pre-determined time to that piece in exchange for a tax deduction. By exclusive rights, that could include rights to the image (if owned by the museum), exclusive parties with the art piece/s, rights to use the image as part of an AI algorithm or digital artwork project, etc. The responsibility of the art object is maintained by the museum. What challenges would a museum face with such a model? Since there is no deaccessioning occurring, the funds from this subscription service could be used for any means that the museum sees fit. Thank you.
With the environmental impact of NFT's, the public perception will be "museums are elitist, nothing has changed". This kind of sentiment is something most museums have been trying to get away from.
Before making that decision, I urge you to read up on the severe environmental impact of NFT's.
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This is simply licensing rights to the work. None of this requires an NFT, just a standard contract. All of the rights you list are commonly licensed (except AI training which is new). You'll need a marketing team to "sell" the rights and lawyers to negotiate the contracts. The devil is in the details. One is ownership, as you mentioned. Ownership of art, especially by museums, is a complex issue. "Exclusivity" is also problematic. It's not an "exclusive" right if the museum retains that right. For instance, to transfer exclusive rights to the digital image, you must stop using the digital image, and you must have exclusive rights yourself, which is unlikely for a work of art you did not create. And none of this addresses the ethics of any given museum licensing rights to the art they hold.
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