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Works by the U. S. government are not eligible for U.S. copyright protection  and are therefore in the public domain.
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Pamela Samuelson, J.D.  identifies eight benefits from work(s) in the public domain.
- Building blocks for the creation of new knowledge – examples include data, facts, ideas, theories, and scientific principles.
- Access to cultural heritage through information resources.
- Promoting education through the spread of information, ideas, and scientific principles.
- Enabling follow-on innovation.
- Enabling low cost access to information without the need to locate the owner or negotiate rights clearance and pay royalties through for example expired copyrighted works or patents, and non-original data compilation.
- Promoting public health and safety through information and scientific principles.
- Promoting the democratic process and values through news, laws, regulation, and judicial opinion.
- Enabling competitive imitation, through for example expired patents and copyright, or publicly disclosed technologies that do not qualify for patent protection.
US Public Domain, USPD, makes these additions to Ms. Samuelson’s list:
- USPD and AiBLE provide building blocks for the creation of new art and genius in every and any legitimate and legal form.
- Public domain permissions cannot (should never) be rescinded or modified like various forms of other permissions, royalty-free agreements, royalty-free purchases, copyright-free downloads, “who knows where this came from,” “nobody will notice,” “everybody does it,” “it is (or probably is) a faked photoshopped artifact anyway,” “it’s OK for now latitudes” and “creative commons” licenses are.
- US Public Domain and Lance W. Foss, the CEO of USPD, affirms, strengthens, gives evidence of and tools for USA Bill of Rights guarantees of freedom of speech, press, religion, assembly (and by reasonable extension, individual thought and expression).
- USPD has proof that governments, companies and individuals typically do not respond timely nor nearly ever at all to material use requests.
- USPD can document the confusion about who original copyright owners actually are because of rampant Internet plagiarism, repackaging and information stealing.
- USPD can document that royalties are bought or permission granted for use of copyrighted materials, and the authors resell the royalties to others early and often and/or can change their permission and/or conditions of use for any and no reason at anytime.
- US Public Domain can document that getting certain quality images in the public domain for use even as simple as the U.S. Capital dome reconstruction at a time when the U.S. flag is a half-staff is near impossible.
- US Public Domain has proof that the cost of artifacts about public events, pubic places and public persons can be and is expensive to cost prohibitive when and if it is offered for sale; privatization-of-just-about-everything-to-the-extreme (the stark reality is this, not the general perception).
- There is no legitimate reason that public events, public places, public persons, and with permission, private events, private places, private persons are not available in a way for the USA public to use nearly immediately and rightfully for any private or public purpose they see fit (education, culture, politics, economics, advertising, marketing, innovation, etc…).
- Ownership of copyright materials changes like real estate property rights…. and who knows how to manage and track this in our future!!!
- The cost of a lawsuit, a $ invoice for use, or the instant ceasing of use by a “cease and desist” request by an attorney can be devastating and debilitating to USA individuals, businesses and organizations. Why should six million Houstonites take a picture of the Houston skyline somehow, when some pictures of the Houston skyline “as is” is in the public domain in the future at https://uspublicdomain.org ?
- USPD increases the intellectual, emotional and citizenship maturity of USA citizens, and by successful extension, successful extension, the world’s also.
- Thinkers spend a drop-in-the-USA-bucket to save hundreds of $ millions in potential separate trips (and mitigate missing work and output), and see that the needless and inefficient spending of time, energy and resources are spent more wisely accomplishing higher level activities different than most always the basics (or more-to-the-truth, never getting started).
- Rightly and legitimately have our country, the USA, $ pay for what is a public good – what the USA treasures and what USA citizens may and will want and need versus globalized governance by global governors, privatization-gone-amok, and/or choking us and our expressions by overwhelming private ownership of public events, people and materials.
- Nobody, nobody, nothing is going to get this done better than the copyright owner of this whole entrepreneurial-driven prescription – Lance W. Foss, USPD company employees and USPD advocates!
1. http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq-definitions.html , assessed 08/15/2016
2. “Copyright Basics,” U.S. Copyright Office [part of the Library of Congress], May, 2012 (attached)
3. Pamela Samuelson, J.D., Distinguished Professor of Law and Information Management at the University of California, Berkeley, principal area of study is intellectual property law.
4 Guibault, Lucy; Bernt Hugenholtz (2006). The future of the public domain: identifying the commons in information law. Kluwer Law International. ISBN 9789041124357.
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- And US Public Domain thanks existing content-providers and financial sponsors!
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