[odc-discuss] Fwd: [cc-community] Public Domain Mark - Invitation to Comment

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Mon Aug 9 09:43:18 UTC 2010

Just in case anyone hasn't seen, this is now out the door! Spoke to
various folks about the need for this kind of tool, e.g. in relation
to Europeana...

Open for comments until 18th August.

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From: Diane Peters <diane at creativecommons.org>
Date: Sat, Aug 7, 2010 at 12:48 AM
Subject: [cc-community] Public Domain Mark - Invitation to Comment
To: cc-licenses at lists.ibiblio.org, cc-community at lists.ibiblio.org

See our announcement on the new Public Domain Mark, text below.
Please contribute comments before Wednesday, August 18th.
We're very excited about this one!
6th August 2010
Marking and Tagging the Public Domain:
An Invitation to Comment

Almost 1½ years have passed since we launched CC0 v1.0, our public
domain waiver that allows rights holders to place a work as nearly as
possible into the public domain, worldwide, prior to the expiration of
copyright. CC0 has proven a valuable tool for governments, scientists,
data providers, providers of bibliographic data, and many others
throughout world. At the time we published CC0, we made note of a
second public domain tool under development — a tool that would make
it easy for people to tag and find content already in the public

We are publishing today for comment our new Public Domain Mark, a tool
that allows works already in the public domain to be marked and tagged
in a way that clearly communicates the work’s PD status, and allows it
to be easily discoverable. The PDM is not a legal instrument like CC0
or our licenses — it can only be used to label a work with information
about its public domain copyright status, not change a work’s current
status under copyright. However, just like CC0 and our licenses, PDM
has a metadata-supported deed and is machine readable, allowing works
tagged with PDM to be findable on the Internet. (Please note that the
example used on the sample deed is purely hypothetical at the moment.)

We are also releasing for public comment general purpose norms —
voluntary guidelines or “pleases” that providers and curators of PD
materials may request be followed when a PD work they have marked is
thereafter used by others. Our PDM deed as well as an upcoming
enhanced CC0 deed will support norms in addition to citation metadata,
which will allow a user to easily cite the author or provider of the
work through copy-paste HTML.

The public comment period will close on Wednesday, August 18th. Why so
short? For starters, PDM is not a legal tool in the same sense our
licenses and CC0 are legally operative — no legal rights are being
surrendered or affected, and there is no accompanying legal code to
finesse. Just as importantly, however, we believe that having the mark
used soon rather than later will allow early adopters to provide us
with invaluable feedback on actual implementations, which will allow
us to improve the marking tool in the future.

The primary venue for submitting comments and discussing the tool is
the cc-licenses mailing list. We look forward to hearing from you!

Diane M. Peters, General Counsel
Creative Commons
171 Second St, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA  94105
office: +1 415-369-8480
fax: +1 415-278-9419
cell: +1 503-803-8338
skype:  peterspdx
email:diane at creativecommons.org

Please note: the contents of this email are not intended to be legal
advice nor should they be relied upon as, or represented to be legal
advice.  Creative Commons cannot and does not give legal advice. You
need to assess the suitability of Creative Commons tools for your
particular situation, which may include obtaining appropriate legal
advice from a licensed attorney.

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Jonathan Gray

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