[Foundation-l] Public Domain Mark - what does this mean for us?

Liam Wyatt liamwyatt at gmail.com
Wed Oct 13 21:43:44 UTC 2010

I for one am very keen to see us use this system, if for no other reason
than it leverages the existing visibility of the Creative Commons
machine-readable licensing structure. The CC-Public Domain Mark is not
actually doing anything new/different to the concept of the public domain
and doesn't pretend to force PD from one jurisdiction to another. In fact,
AFAICT, it is the first time Creative Commons have a "product" that isn't a
copyright license. Public Domain, by definition, is an absence of copyright
which is why they're calling it the PD Mark and not a license. As such, this
is not an attempt to rebrand the public domain but an attempt to make overt
expressions of it consistent, recognisable and machine-readable.

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