Creative Commons: the 'Everyone licence' and DLR’s content
'If not identified otherwise, all images or animations on the DLR Portal are copyright © DLR. All rights reserved. Images and animations on the DLR Portal may be used by press and media, or for personal information or educational purposes. Commercial use is subject to DLR permission.'
As a consequence, we asked our Legal Affairs Department to prepare a legal assessment on the use of the Creative Commons licensing model for media owned by DLR with the following result:
'In our opinion, the use of CC licenses for media owned by DLR is legally permissible; in particular, it does not conflict with DLR’s statutory obligation to publish its research results ‘through appropriate measures’ , cf. section 1, subsection 2, last sentence of the DLR charter.'
This Flickr slide show features some examples of DLR imagery licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY-3.0-License.
It further says:
'In our opinion, a CC license is suitable to every case set out above. The purpose underlying the regulation in the charter is (over) fulfilled because, through the use of a CC license, additional usage rights are granted and thus, a higher degree of dissemination of the published media content owned by DLR will mostly be achieved. (...) Granting a simple usage right is legally common and is, in my view, coherent with DLR's licensing policy.'
The legal opinion deals with many other issues, but “no fundamental legal concerns” are seen with regard to the use of CC licenses at DLR for media owned by DLR.
As a consequence, we at the DLR Communications Department started to publish the first content under a CC license as early as the beginning of 2010:
With the relaunch of the DLR web portal in July 2011, we took a step further and extended the credit line of published DLR images and videos – which up to that point had mostly said “Image/Video: DLR” and had regulated the usage rights on the basis of the conditions set out in the Imprint – with the addition of the Creative Commons license applicable for each case. In most cases the credit line now says “Image/Video: DLR (CC)-BY 3.0)” – both on the web portal and on platforms such as Youtube, Flickr, Facebook or Google+.
In using CC content, we are not just concerned with achieving the desired greater dissemination of DLR content, but also to support the vision of Creative Commons:
"Our vision is nothing less than realising the full potential of the Internet – universal access to research and education, full participation in culture – to drive a new era of development, growth, and productivity."
– a vision that, as a matter of fact, is almost equivalent to our motto: "DLR – knowledge for tomorrow'.
Update, 1 March 2012, 11:31:
My colleague Henning Krause just reminded me that we already started
making plans with regard to considering and using Creative Commons licenses in the second half of 2008. Mathias Schindlers enquiry in May 2009 then gave a fresh impetus.
The image on the right (showing asteroid Vesta in 3D) iis an example for non-CC-licensed content: It holds a multi-copyright credit line, in this case NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA.
Use of the Creative Commons logo (which has been downloaded directly from http://creativecommons.org/about/downloads) is subject to the Creative Commons Trademark Policy.
Point of contact for enquiries: Marco Trovatello