... the Victoria and Albert Museum in London will no longer charge reproduction fees for scholarly books and magazines. The new scheme will take effect early next year. The Art Newspaper has the story here. It says "the V&A is believed to be the first museum anywhere in the world which is to offer images free of copyright and administrative charges."
This also provides me with a good opportunity to recommend Susan Bielstein's terrific Permissions, A Survival Guide: Blunt Talk about Art as Intellectual Property.