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Saturday, June 07, 2008

Public domain calculators

The Open Knowledge Foundation is looking for help in producing a series of public domain calculators:

For a while we’ve been planning to help to produce a set of Public Domain Calculators - which each aim to indicate whether or not a given work is in the public domain in a given jurisdiction....

The calculators will take metadata about creative works...and combine this with an algorithm which represents copyright legislation in a particular region....

Developing the calculators will require two stages:

  1. The first stage will be to develop copyright flow charts such as this one from Creative Commons Canada, or this one for the US from Bromberg & Sunstein LLP. This work will be undertaken and reviewed by groups of legal experts.

  2. The second stage will be to convert these charts into code. Examples of the algorithms in code form, can be found at Public Domain Works and the Open Library. This work will be undertaken by the OKF and volunteers.

More details are available at the project’s wiki page....

If you are interested in helping out with any aspect of developing a Public Domain Calculator...please get in touch at info at the OKF’s domain or on our discuss list!