Making assessments about the copyright status of a work remains a challenge notwithstanding the tools that CC has developed over the years, such as the Public Domain Mark and CC0. It is also hard to communicate to end users about the laws that apply to their particular use of a work. Copyright is jurisdiction based, which means each country has their own copyright and public domain rules. These differing laws presents challenges for digitizers of content and reusers of digital online surrogates.
Several efforts and projects offer partial solutions for these challenges; however they tend to serve single jurisdiction or regional needs, are loosely coordinated, and are not integrated into a unified solution that works starting from the moment of digitization and continuing through to the public that encounters them over the Internet. Ideally, the public domain is the easiest part of the knowledge commons to assess and reuse, but the current environment makes it challenging at each stage in the process of getting that content to a public.
Creative Commons and other key stakeholders such as Wikimedia brought forth this Project for initial discussion with our community and stakeholders at the CC 2019 Global Summit in Lisbon. The outcomes of the 4 hours session at the Summit can be found here.
At this session, we expect to be able to follow on some of the data modelling challenges in relationship with the Help:Copyrights page on Wikidata. We want to gather feedback and input from the community that is working in the intersection of GLAM institutions and Wikidata.
Creative Commons will bring some of its legal expertise on copyright and open licensing, and we expect to engage more with the Wikidata community to leverage the different languages and community needs, and better refine our initial project.
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner:
This project involves a variety of actors (SDG 17) to achieve a long needed solution for better allow the communication of the copyright status of works. The aim of this project is to allow reusers to better understand if and how they can use public domain works, something fundamental to achieve a quality education through better access to those works (SDG 4). Leveraging copyright information internationally is also key to achieve information justice and reducing inequalities (SDG 10).
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved:
- Understand the complexity of jurisdictional public domain rules and the challenges for copyright status determination
- Share ideas and contribute to the data modelling of public domain rules inside Wikidata, and share information about how to better build the factual data needed for making copyright determinations
- Offer input on the next steps and tasks for the project and get involved with its development
- Claudio Ruiz, Director of Ecosystem Strategy, Creative Commons
- Sandra Fauconnier, GLAM Program Officer at the Wikimedia Foundation
- Meredith Jacob, Project Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law, and Creative Commons USA Lead
- Hanno Lans, CopyClear
- Evelin Heidel (aka Scann), Open GLAM Community Platform Lead at Creative Commons
Already listed above.
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritises submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
- Computer-based training
- Discussion-based training
- Workshop to identify and try to solve problem
If other than 20 minutes, specify how long
Ideally 60 minutes but we could work with 40 minutes too.
The session will work best with these conditions:
- Room: Any type of room with projector
- Audience: max. 50, for facilitating break-out groups if needed
- Recording: Yes, recording allowed
- Others: we always welcome post its and markers