Public Domain Calculators

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= a project to build a series of calculators to 'map' the public domain in different jurisdictions, by showing which works are out of copyright



November 2008:

"There are now individuals and groups keen to contribute to the calculators in over 10 countries, including: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Italy, Norway, Philippines, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.

Ultimately we'd like to see the formation of loose-knit groups to create, maintain and review charts representing relevant legislation in different countries. These charts would be converted into code, and combined with metadata about works to give a sense of what works are in the public domain in each jurisdiction.

At the 3rd COMMUNIA Workshop in Amsterdam the OKF gave a presentation on the project, and there is now a new COMMUNIA Working Group, which will include work on the calculators across Europe!

We've set up a mailing list for interested parties to discuss developments and to share experience in creating flow charts to represent the law. If you know someone who might be interested in getting involved, please drop us a line!

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Public Domain Calculators - Mailing List