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

Francis Davey fjmd1a at gmail.com
Fri Oct 3 17:07:52 UTC 2014

2014-10-03 17:46 GMT+01:00 Luis Villa <luis at lu.is>:
> 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.

Oh yes, I am sure that is right and indeed there's much infringement of
wikipedia etc copyright which is not acted upon. *However* exactly how
risky such a course of action might be depends a lot on where the
commercial interests lie. My guess is people can't see any good reason to
bring any claim against WMC (and there are technical reasons why it would
be very hard).

But you never know. Sometimes copyright owners behave really irrationally.

Francis Davey
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