CERN Library releases its book catalog into the public domain via CC0, and other bibliographic data news

Tape library, CERN, Geneva 2 by Cory Doctorow / CC BY-SA CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research that is home to the Large Hadron Collider and birthplace of the web, has released its book catalog into the public domain using the CC0 public domain dedication. This is not the first time that CERN has … Read More “CERN Library releases its book catalog into the public domain via CC0, and other bibliographic data news”

University of Michigan Library adds 700k bibliographic records to the public domain via CC0

University of Michigan Library Card Catalog by dfulmer / CC BY In addition to changing their default licensing policy from CC BY-NC to CC BY, the University of Michigan has enabled even greater sharing and reuse by releasing more than half a million bibliographic records into the public domain using the CC0 public domain dedication. … Read More “University of Michigan Library adds 700k bibliographic records to the public domain via CC0”

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”

New Dutch government portal uses CC0 public domain waiver as default copyright status

The Netherlands government has launched Rijksoverheid.nl, a new website that all Dutch ministries will migrate to (English; other links in this post are Dutch). Creative Commons Netherlands notes that the site’s copyright policy signals a seriousness about open sharing of public sector information — its default is to remove all copyright restrictions with the CC0 … Read More “New Dutch government portal uses CC0 public domain waiver as default copyright status”

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”