dc:rights and CC resolution
ml at creativecommons.org
Mon Feb 16 21:35:00 EST 2004
There's a proposal at http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/metadata/dcmi/dc-rights/
that would resolve controversy over CC's use of dc:rights by introducing
a dc:rightsHolder term.
The problem is that CC uses dc:rights to denote an agent who holds the
copyright on the resource. See
<http://creativecommons.org/technology/metadata/implement>. This is
somewhat in conflict with dc:rights, which supports the following two
requirements, from the above proposal:
* provide a simple human-readable statement of who holds rights
over a resource
* support simple (i.e. potentially ambiguous) searches of the form
"find all resources where an entity that is named using a simple string
is likely to be a rights holder"
(The definition of dc:rights at
http://dublincore.org/documents/dcmi-terms/ is much less precise --
"Information about rights held in and over the resource.")
Anyway, dcterms:rightsHolder, assuming the proposal is accepted, maps
directly to CC's current use of dc:rights. As soon as the proposal is
accepted, I plan to begin recommending (and emitting from
<http://creativecommons.org/license/>) dcterms:rightsHolder in place of
our current dc:rights use.
The other part of the proposal, dcterms:license, need only be reflected
in the CC schema. See
for both changes I propose spelled out.
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