It has reason to be pleased because they bring half a million photos to the web. These are taken in the last sixty years. In addition to this there are drawings and maps of buildings.
The sad thing is that all this material is hidden behind a paywall. When you buy pictures, there is a further restriction because of its licence (cc-by-nc).
This picture of a church in Diever was drawn by C. van Noordt in 1756 and sadly the license is said to be applicable here as well. When you part with your money, you get not even a truly high resolution scan.
While I am happy with the existence of these digitisations, there are issues and missed opportunities:
- the license prevents cooperation with Wikipedia
- the claim of a license on material that is in the public domain is copyfraud
- the low resolution does not lend itself for digital restorations
- tax money is wasted because the public does not benefit from this public work