Hello everyone,

Please see the below. The UK's Intellectual Property Office has commissioned a study into the value of the public domain. As Andrew highlights in his email, Wikipedia comes out of it rather well...

I'm going to read the whole report when I have time but this will certainly strengthen our case for PDGov. 

Thank you,


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Andrew Gray <andrew.gray@dunelm.org.uk>
Date: 23 February 2015 at 09:36
Subject: [cultural-partners] Economic value of the public domain
To: Wikimedia Chapters cultural partners coordination <cultural-partners@wikimedia.ch>

A recurrent topic, this one. A new UK study has appeared:


"The overall purpose of the project was 1) to map the size of the
public domain and frequency of its use; 2) analyse the role of public
domain works in value creation for UK businesses; 3) assist creators
and entrepreneurs to identify business models that benefit from the
public domain." ...

Interestingly, it seems to duplicate the recent work done looking at
images on Wikipedia as an example of this:

"Using commercially equivalent licence fees obtained from Corbis and
Getty for images relating to the biographical sample, we estimate a
total value of USD $208 million (GBP £138 million) per year for the
1,983,609 English-language Wikipedia pages in appropriate categories
which contain public domain images."

- Andrew Gray
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