[GSDI Legal Econ] Creative Commons licensing for public sector information. Opportunities and pitfalls
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Creative Commons licensing for public sector information. Opportunities and pitfalls
Amsterdam: 21 December 2007
The Institute for Information law of the University of Amsterdam (IVIR) has published a report (in English) titled Creative Commons licensing for public sector information. Opportunities and pitfalls, authors Mireille van Eechoud and Brenda van der Wal. (94 pages)
The report looks at the question whether Creative Commons could be useful in the framework of exploitation of PSI and which legal issues arise. Particular focus has been put to:
1) The position of the government as holder of intellectual property rights related to its PSI (copyright and database rights), where Creative Commons presupposes the existence of such rights;
2) The impact of the principles and obligations under the Dutch FOIA law, sectoral laws and the PSI Directive on the licensing conditions;
3) The issue of determining the public task and the implications thereof towards the potential use of Creative Commons.
The Forward to the report states:
“This study is part of a wider body of studies conducted by the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam as part of the Creative Commons Netherlands 2005-2007 shared work programme of Nederland Kennisland, Waag Society and the Institute for Information Law.”
“The research was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education (Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschappen).”
[Source: ePSIplus website]
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