What's the difference between Public Domain and Creative Commons - No Rights Reserved?

Asked by Barry Warsaw on 2009-06-08

When I register a new project, you offer me a choice of both Public Domain and Creative Commons - No Rights Reserved (CC_0) licensing. What's the difference?

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Curtis Hovey (sinzui) said : #1

Public domain is defined differently by nations, and not defined at all by many. Many of the ideas embodies in Public Domain is US-centric--it does not apply to any other nation. There is no licence that speciifies pubic domain in the US, you simply state that the created work is just that; how something becomes public domain has legal ambiguities.

CC-0 is an attempt to define a universal definition to cede your rights to a created work. There is no assumption that this can be done under the laws of all nations, but by applyin g the CC-0 license you are making your position clear.

Karl Fogel (kfogel) said : #2

See also FAQ https://answers.edge.launchpad.net/launchpad/+faq/564 for more information about Launchpad and public domain / CC-0.

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