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Legal, Ethical and Social Considerations of Creative Commons and the Public Domain

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CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication

There is now even a creative commons license for putting items into the public domain. It is called CC0.

CC0 image or CC0 mark2

To the extent possible under law, the person who associated CC0 with this work has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this work.

Essentially, as a creator of piece, "Using CC0, you can waive all copyrights and related or neighboring rights that you have over your work, such as your moral rights (to the extent waivable), your publicity or privacy rights, rights you have protecting against unfair competition, and database rights and rights protecting the extraction, dissemination and reuse of data" (Creative Commons, 2012c).

The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.

The intent: "CC0 enables scientists, educators, artists and other creators and owners of copyright- or database-protected content to waive those interests in their works and thereby place them as completely as possible in the public domain, so that others may freely build upon, enhance and reuse the works for any purposes without restriction under copyright or database law" (Creative Commons, 2012b).

The person who associated a work with this deed has dedicated the work to the public domain by waiving all of his or her rights to the work worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.

Below is the summary from the Creative Commons Website regarding CC0:

As a user, you can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission. See other information below.

Consider, for example, the Midnight Cassette System at http://archive.org/details/New_Midnight_Cassette_System

To learn more about CC0 visit http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/ or http://creativecommons.org/choose/zero/