[odc-discuss] does the PDDL cover the "data already in public domain by law" use case?

Luis Villa luis at lu.is
Fri Oct 3 16:46:37 UTC 2014

Mostly +1 to what Francis said. One factual note:

On Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 6:10 AM, Francis Davey <fjmd1a at gmail.com> wrote:

> As for the public domain mark - you would have to be fairly confident
> (brave?) to use it on anything that hasn't been in publication for a really
> long time because you might be wrong. Copyright is like that.

Wikimedia Commons has literally millions of pieces of content with
PD-mark-style copyright status declarations, and to the best of my
knowledge, no user has ever been sued over them (though of course some of
the declarations have been wrong and the content has come down after new
facts have come to light). So the amount of bravery required may not be so
much in practice, assuming you're willing to adjust your position if
appropriately challenged.

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