[cc-community] Announcing the Public Domain Mark
diane at creativecommons.org
Sat Oct 23 15:18:25 EDT 2010
re-posting, as John's email doesn't appear to have made it to the list.
The PDM is unrelated to the OA data mark mooted in the Science Commons
When we released CC0, that reflected the first part of a two-part
strategy for tools related to the public domain at CC. Part one is the
legal tool. Part two is the technical tool to mark things that are
explicitly in the public domain. That's the PDM. It's not a legal tool,
and it's not restricted to data, though it can obviously be applied to
data (and we expect it will be).
In terms of the open access data mark mentioned in the protocol, this is
still something we are looking at at CC as we continue the integrate the
Science Commons work more and more deeply into the CC core, but that
integration itself is priority #1 right now and keeping us more than a
On Sat, Oct 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM, Jordan S Hatcher <
jordan at opencontentlawyer.com> wrote:
> One question -- how does this relate to the proposed collective mark (the
> Open Access Data Mark) in the Science Commons Protocol for Implementing Open
> Access Data?
> Obviously as the Protocol calls for a public domain approach, compliant
> databases could be tagged with the PD Mark, but is something else being
> planned as well? Particularly a badge for protocol compliant licenses would
> be helpful, which themselves wouldn't necessarily be in the public domain.
> On 12 Oct 2010, at 22:45, Diane Peters wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> We're pleased to announce <http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/23830> the
> launch of the Public <http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/> <http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/>
> Domain <http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/> <http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/>
> Mark <http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/>. Please see the
> press release attached, and pasted below. We are delighted to have
> Europeana as a major, early adopter of the mark. Their adoption is
> expected to result in millions of out-of-copyright works being tagged with
> the Public Domain Mark by mid- 2011.
> Europeana and CC (through our CTO, Nathan Yergler) will be announcing the
> adoption at the *Europeana Open Culture**2010 **Conference*, being held
> this week in Amsterdam, as well as publication of the public domain Usage
> Guide <http://www.europeana.eu/rights/pd-usage-guide/>.
> This newest CC tool has required the efforts by many, including all of you.
> We owe you all a sincere thanks for offering comments during the
> development cycle. Its progression has been the subject of many policy,
> design and technical discussions at multiple levels. One of the most
> important outcomes of those discussion relates to its current, recommended
> use. The complication that territory presents -- that a work may be in the
> public domain in one jurisdiction but not in others -- is an issue on
> which there is still more to do. The relevant take away now is that the
> Public Domain Mark at this juncture is recommended only for use with works
> that are free of known copyright restrictions worldwide. We have also
> crafted important user-oriented notifications for the face of the deed,
> including an alert that the work marked may not actually be free of
> copyright everywhere<http://wiki.creativecommons.org/PDM_FAQ#Why_might_a_free_of_copyright_restrictions_in_one_jurisdiction_not_be_free_of_copyright_restrictions_everywhere.3F>.
> We have already started planning for next phases of work in this area and
> others -- look for more announcements soon.
> A final note about CC0. As you may know from the public discussion
> threads, we took this opportunity to revise the CC0 deed<http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/> to
> align it more closely with our new Public Domain Deed. This helps everyone
> recognize the difference between our licenses, which apply to works
> restricted by copyright, and our public domain tools. One of the new
> features that both the CC0 and PDM deeds have in common is easy copy/paste
> html that allows for ready citation of the marked work. We look forward to
> seeing that feature used with frequency to give authors of works in the
> public domain the credit they are due.
> Don't hesitate to let us know if you have any questions. Thanks again for
> your ongoing support on this important work.
> *CREATIVE COMMONS LAUNCHES PUBLIC DOMAIN MARK; EUROPEANA AND CULTURAL
> HERITAGE INSTITUTIONS LEAD EARLY ADOPTION*
> *San Francisco, California, USA; The Hague, Netherlands — 11 October 2010*
> Today, Creative Commons announces the release of the Public Domain Mark<http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/mark/1.0/>,
> a tool that enables works free of known copyright restrictions to be labeled
> in a way that clearly communicates that status to the public, and allows
> the works to be easily discovered over the Internet. The Public Domain
> Mark effectively increases the value of the public domainby making works
> that are already free of copyright readily accessible to the public. The
> Mark makes it clear to teachers and students, artists and scientists, that
> they are free to re-use material. Its release benefits everyone who wishes
> to build upon the rich and vast resources that are part of the shared
> public domain.
> Europeana – Europe’s digital library, museum and archive – is the first
> major adopter of thePublic Domain Mark. The tool will become the standard
> mark for works free of known copyright that are shared via the Europeana
> portal <http://www.europeana.eu/portal/>, playing an important
> infrastructural role in the EU’s efforts to ensure that all works shared
> online are marked with rights information. Europeana, whose partners include
> the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, theBibliothèque nationale de France and Germany’s
> Bundesarchiv (Federal archives),estimates that the millions of
> out-of-copyright works made accessible via its searchable database will be
> labelled with the Public Domain Mark by Spring 2011. Europeana will
> announce the adoption of the Public Domain Mark at the upcoming *Europeana
> Open Culture**2010 **Conference*, to be held 14-15 October in Amsterdam.
> "The Public Domain Mark is a further step on the path towards making the
> promise of a digital public domain a reality," said Michael Carroll, a
> founding board member of Creative Commons and a law professor at American
> University. "Marking and tagging works with information about their
> copyright status is essential. Computers must be able to parse thepublic
> domain status of works to communicate its usefulness to the public. The
> metadata standard underpinning the Public Domain Mark and all of CC's
> licensing and legal tools arewhat makes this possible."
> "An important part of our mandate is to ensure that digitized works made
> available through Europeana are properly labelled with rights information,
> including when a work is free of known copyright restrictions so that
> teachers, students and others can freely use it in their work, changing it
> and remixing it as they wish," noted Jill Cousins, Executive Director of
> Europeana. "The legal and technical rigour applied by Creative Commons
> throughout the development process makes the Public Domain Mark the
> natural choice for Europeana's infrastructure. We have also worked with Creative
> Commons and our content providers to develop a Usage Guide<http://www.europeana.eu/rights/pd-usage-guide/>for
> public domain works to help users of cultural content use it responsibly –
> by crediting the provider, among other things."
> The Public Domain Mark in its current form is intended for use with works
> that are free of known copyright around the world, primarily old works that
> are beyond the reach of copyright in all jurisdictions. Creative Commons is
> mapping the next phases of its publicdomain work, which will look at ways
> to identify and mark works that are in the publicdomain in a limited
> number of countries.
> Creative Commons worked closely with Europeana and several of its members
> throughout the development of the Public Domain Mark. That process also
> included a publicconsultation period and review by CC’s worldwide
> affiliate network comprised of legal experts from more than 70
> jurisdictions. The Public Domain Mark, to be used for marking works
> already free of copyright, complements Creative Commons’ CC0 public domain
> dedication <http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/>, which
> provides an easy and reliable way for adding new works to the publicdomain prior
> to the expiry of copyright.
> More information about the Public Domain Mark can be found on the Creative
> Commons website <http://creativecommons.org/public_domain>.
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> Mr. Jordan S Hatcher, JD, LLM
> More at: <http://www.jordanhatcher.com>
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