We keep all our photos (catelog of ~4500) public domain, no requirements even for attribution, we even tell people not to email us for permission as we allow all uses.  This works for us, minimizes time spent corresponding, and the pictures are very widely circulated which ultimately benefits us more (imo) than putting any restrictions on them.  A number of artists have used them, as well as book/album covers advertisements, books, magazines and many conservation/natural history groups.

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From: Entomological Collections Network Listserve <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Michael Wall <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2019 7:19 PM
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] outside photography of collections for profit



I’ve been getting a lot of requests from artists who want to do photography in the collection. One, in particular, wants to do a series of photos to mass produce and sell commercially as décor for chain hotels and what not. Do your collections have a policy on photography for profit? If so, would you be willing to share?