...pivoting to focus on innovation. Still blogging about copyright and occasionally on digitization.
1.0 Glossary of Terms2.0 Copyright Basics3.0 U.S. Government Works4.0 Works Created Under a Federal Contract or Grant5.0 Use of Copyrighted Works6.0 Applicable Copyright Legislation and Other Resources on the Internet
There are significant differences between works in the public domain and works of the federal government which need to be considered for digitization projects.Title 17 USC Sec 403, "Notice of copyright: Publications incorporating United States Government works" provides incentives for identifying government works as such. The very existance of this provision suggests that Congress and the USG saw a need to distinguish USG works from both the public domain and from copyrighted works.A possible reason lies in Title 17 USC §105 which has two parts. The first prohibits government copyright in works by government employees; the second allows government copyright ownership in the works of others. For a variety of reasons, agencies may choose to assert their copyright and reserve all or some rights. See "Copyright Alert! Even U.S. Government Information May Be Copyrighted." April 2009, Searcher Magazine. www.infotoday.com/searcher/apr09/Klein.shtmlBonnie KleinCo-Chair, CENDI Copyright Working Group
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