CC0 is a protocol that enables people to:
- (a) ASSERT that a work has no copyright or neighboring rights restrictions attached to it.
- (b) WAIVE any rights associated with a work so it has no copyright or neighboring rights restrictions attached to it.
CC0 improves and extends the current CC public domain dedication. Key additions:
- A protocol facilitating the conveyance of norms with a waiver or assertion statement.
- Infrastructure for internationalizing the tools.
- The assertion that content is in the public domain will be vouched for by users, so that there is a platform for reputation systems to develop. People will then be able to judge the reliability of content's copyright status based on who has done the certifying.
A beta version of the protocol, including the traditional components of the CC architecture -- legalcode, human-readable explanation, machine-readable metadata, and tools, has been launched for public discussion on January 15, 2008.
Deeds and Legalcode
Note: View the deeds via the published pages examples above to see how published metadata is used to inform deed display.