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The public domain and 5 things not covered by copyright

We’re taking part in Copyright Week, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this week, various groups are  taking on different elements of the law, and addressing what’s at stake, and what we need to do to make sure that copyright promotes creativity and innovation. Today’s … Read More “The public domain and 5 things not covered by copyright”

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U.S. should require “open by default” for federal government software code

Photo by Tirza van Dijk, CC0. A few weeks ago we submitted comments to the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) draft federal source code policy. The purpose of the policy is to improve access to custom software code developed for the federal government, and would require that: (1) New custom code whose development is … Read More “U.S. should require “open by default” for federal government software code”

Open business models, open data, and the public interest

Less than one month ago, Creative Commons began a project designed to explore and develop business models built on CC licensing. Starting from the methods in the best-selling Business Model Generation handbook, Creative Commons is developing new tools specifically tailored for ventures that utilize CC-licensed or public domain content as a central component of their … Read More “Open business models, open data, and the public interest”

Great news for the commons: Flickr now supports CC0 and the CC Public Domain Mark

( CC0 and Public Domain Mark) Today we’re extremely pleased to announce that Flickr now allows its users to share images under CC0, Creative Commons’ international public domain dedication. Flickr also announced they will allow users to share work in the public domain using our Public Domain Mark (PDM). Flickr is the largest repository of CC-licensed photos on the … Read More “Great news for the commons: Flickr now supports CC0 and the CC Public Domain Mark”