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Re: data.gov.* memo

From: Jonathan Gray <jonathan.gray@okfn.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 14:32:03 +0200
Message-ID: <54ca21750906160532u62ff8d88o849a21b33ea86923@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Acar, Suzanne" <Suzanne.Acar@ic.fbi.gov>
Cc: "josema@w3.org" <josema@w3.org>, "public-egov-ig@w3.org" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>, "John.Sheridan@nationalarchives.gov.uk" <John.Sheridan@nationalarchives.gov.uk>, "kevinnovak@aia.org" <kevinnovak@aia.org>
On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 2:13 PM, Acar, Suzanne<Suzanne.Acar@ic.fbi.gov> wrote:
> US data.gov published a policy statement on the site.  Copyright statement was not needed because government data once released for sharing is public domain.

While this is true for US Federal government material - this is
unfortunately not so clear outside the US.

In my experience of looking at the situation with data across Europe,
many government sites do not explicitly state what can and can't be
re-used. The EU PSI Directive broadly encourages member states to make
material available for re-use - but this is still being implemented,
and some feel there is ambiguity about its scope and strength. Also
its always helpful to know where rights are held by third parties!

Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation
Received on Tuesday, 16 June 2009 12:32:41 UTC

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