Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU
Licenses - Government Press Services & Archives
This page hosts the effort to map the licenses used by European government's press services and archives as well as the potential to convince more institutions to use free licenses.
Public Domain or free licensing for government works is a core goal of Wikimedia's public policy activities. The original idea behind copyright is to provide an economic incentive for creation. This extra motivation is usually not necessary for government works, as content would be created anyway. Still, loss of revenue is one of the more common arguments against freely licensing content. More data on the actual revenue earned by government agencies by licensing copyrighted works would be helpful to carry the conversation forward.
Ideally, we would ask government agencies that have content relevant to Wikipedia or our other projects. In order to scale the campaign, we're looking for agencies and content that exist in most or at least many European countries. As a result, we have decided to analyse the situation of government press services and national archives in each country.
Government Press Services
Current situation in Europe by country
UK en:wp:Open Government Licence
NL CC0 is the default license for the national Dutch government website(s)
EC Re-use decision compatible with CC-BY
Past FoI Activites
- Access Info Europe
- Open Knowledge
- Communia Association
- Open Society