Friday, November 26, 2010

Australian Public Service Transitioning to Creative Commons

Greetings from Parliament House in Canberra, where the seminar "Using Creative Commons in the Public Sector" is on. Helen Daniels, Assistant Secretary, Copyright Law Branch, Attorney-General’s Department is outlining the "New Intellectual Property Guidelines and the Role of Agencies". The default will now be that government material is released with a Creative Commons "by" licence. Previously AGs administered a central register of licences for specific government documents. Under the new policy, agencies need to decide if material should not be CC, when it is created. So the AGs main task is to educate agency staff as to what to do. There is "Intellectual Property Principles for Australian Government Agencies" on the AGs web site. More material will be released in December. I hope to be able to use this material in teaching the ANU course COMP7420: Electronic Data Management from January 2011.

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