[Open-Legislation] openlaws.eu EU Project starting today

James McKinney james at opennorth.ca
Thu Apr 3 14:48:31 UTC 2014

On Apr 3, 2014, at 10:41 AM, Eric Mill <eric at sunlightfoundation.com> wrote:

> > If you're not entering the data into the public domain
> Not all countries have a legal concept of “public domain.” You cannot assign works to the public domain in Canada, and you can’t remove someone else’s copyright, just like that. All laws in Canada have copyright protection, automatically, with no option to waive copyright. It would require a change to a federal statute to change that. In Canada, we find other ways of making data available for free to the public - without entering data into public domain, because that’s impossible / doesn’t even make sense in Canadian law.
> Thanks for clarifying that, I was speaking sloppily. I meant an approach like CC0 or PDDL, which dedicate works to the public domain where it exists, and uses a fallback license where it doesn't to simulate the public domain as closely as possible.

But, Eric, you can’t simply claim the copyright that belongs to a court. You can’t slap CC0 on another person’s work. It is up to the court to decide how it licenses its decisions, and up to the government how it licenses its laws… This project is neither a court nor a government…

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