Diane Peters
Diane Peters

As General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for CC, Diane directs the organization’s legal strategy and projects. She coordinates legal programs and activities that harness CC’s diverse and complex global network. She also leads development of CC’s licenses and legal tools, including the CC0 public domain dedication (2009), the Public Domain Mark (2010), Version 3.0 ports and, most recently, Version 4.0 of the CC license suite (2013).

Diane is a founder and Co-Chair of the Advisory Council of the Open COVID Coalition, an international effort led by Creative Commons to remove obstacles to intellectual property during the COVID-19 pandemic and effect longer-term change in the public interest. She also serves on the board of directors of Creative Commons as well as the Software Freedom Law Center.

Prior to joining CC, she served as general counsel for Open Source Development Labs (now, the Linux Foundation), and as legal counsel to Mozilla. In 2014, the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California awarded her its Intellectual Property Vanguard Award for public policy. She is based in Portland, Oregon.

Photo credit: Kelley Dulcich, CC BY

Diane's News

ePSIplatform Blog Series on Creative Commons and Public Sector Information

The following is cross-posted from the blog of the European Public Sector Information Platform (ePSIplatform). ePSIplatform is a comprehensive  portal showcasing research and projects working to stimulate and promote public sector information (PSI) re-use and open data initiatives in Europe. Creative Commons is pleased to contribute a series of blog posts discussing the role of CC tools for … Read More “ePSIplatform Blog Series on Creative Commons and Public Sector Information”

Creative Commons launches Public Domain Mark; Europeana and Cultural Heritage Institutions lead early adoption

San Francisco, California, USA; The Hague, Netherlands — 11 October 2010 Today, Creative Commons announces the release of the Public Domain Mark, a tool that enables works free of known copyright restrictions to be labeled in a way that clearly communicates that status to the public, and allows the works to be easily discovered over … Read More “Creative Commons launches Public Domain Mark; Europeana and Cultural Heritage Institutions lead early adoption”

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 … Read More “Marking and Tagging the Public Domain: An Invitation to Comment”

Public Domain Day 2010 and Beyond

Creative Commons has been celebrating Public Domain Day – January 1st – for several years, alongside many others who are similarly passionate about the value of the public domain and the need to prevent its demise. Each year on this day, copyright protection expires for millions of creative works, allowing those works to be used, repurposed … Read More “Public Domain Day 2010 and Beyond”

CCO Beta/Discussion Draft 3

We are pleased to release for public comment the next beta draft of CC0 Waiver, which comes several months after the last draft of CC0 was published in April.  You can view the beta draft 3 at ccLabs. While this draft is being released later than planned (more on that, below), we are very excited … Read More “CCO Beta/Discussion Draft 3”