[Talk-us] [Imports-us] Releasing my data into Public Domain

John F. Eldredge john at jfeldredge.com
Fri Jul 19 01:44:43 UTC 2013

Neither one of the references you cited states that a private individual cannot give up their copyright and thus release a work into the public domain.

Josh Doe <josh at joshdoe.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 18, 2013 at 2:40 PM, Paul Norman <penorman at mac.com> wrote:
> > Neither of those is public domain. I know for individuals there can
> be
> > issues releasing data into the public domain, but if a government’s
> lawyers
> > feel their data is public domain, I generally just take them at
> their word.
> >
> > If the data is public domain then a simple statement that the data
> is
> > public domain should be enough. With PD you’re not actually
> licensing the
> > data, you’re stating that it’s not covered by copyright and there
> aren’t
> > any exclusive rights that need licensing.
> >
> Sadly it's not that simple. Public domain can only be works of the US
> federal government (for use within the US specifically), or where
> copyright
> has expired, and I'm sure a few other edge cases. Whether you like it
> or
> not, in the US, unless you're an employee of the US federal
> government, you
> can't release works into the public domain. That's what CC0 is for.
> Read
> more here:
> http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/categories.html#PublicDomainSoftware
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain_software
> -Josh
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John F. Eldredge -- john at jfeldredge.com
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