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Zero copyright v. public domain?

Creative Commons has release CC0 license that complements the Public Domain Dedication. Why yet another way to get your work into completely free use?

Apparently, some lawyers have raised issues with the public domain ”dedication” or ”certification” as it was worded. Indeed, the logic behind the dedication was US copyright law, which does not recognize inalienable moral components of copyright. The new ”zero copyright” makes it clear that the dedication is only valid ”to the extent allowable by [copyright] law” and that any other rights such as patents or personality rights are not affected. Ok, legally perhaps more clear but I don’t know if there is really any difference in practice. CC0 is essentially public domain in other words.

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Herkko Hietanen

Lakimies, osakas, kauppatieteiden tohtori, oikeustieteen maisteri at Turre Legal
Lakimies, jolla on 15 vuoden kokemus teknologia- ja mediaoikeudenkäynneistä, startup-yrityksistä ja IT-juridiikasta.
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