May 24, 2022

DPLA Shares Proposed Metadata Licensing Policy During Board of Directors Meeting

The Digital Public Library of America held a Board Meeting yesterday. Full agenda here.

Meeting notes are now available.

During the meeting, John Palfrey and Paul Courant shared a proposed metadata sharing licensing policy.

Here it is.

  • The DPLA asserts that metadata are not copyrightable, and that applying a license to them is not necessary.
  • To the extent that the law determines a copyright interest exists, a CC0 license applies.
  • The DPLA asserts no new rights over metadata at the DPLA level.

While individual transactions will likely need to take place between the DPLA and institutional content contributors, this policy is likely to result in the greatest interoperability.

Also of Note

John Palfrey stated that the DPLA’s application for non-profit status will be submitted this week, thanks to WilmerHale lawyers and others who have helped prepare it.

What else was discussed?

Direct to Complete Meeting Notes and Documents

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