Apologies – I might have
been a bit overly enthusiastic in my post below.
Having read the report more
thoroughly, the Australian Federal
Government has committed to open access, but its statement re CC licensing is more
properly described as an “agreement in principle”, with an undertaking that the IP Guidelines to be developed as
part of the response will not "impede the default open licensing position
proposed in recommendation 6.3."
However, the report, the
announcement and the entire AGIMO blog are all under a CC BY
licence, which seems like a good sign. The response also makes much of the National Government
Information Licensing Framework (GILF) as an important tool in
assisting government agencies in making information licensing decisions. GILF,
a collaborative project between the Queensland Government and the Queensland University
of Technology which is recognised internationally as a leader in the
area, recommended and endorsed the use of CC licences as the core of its framework
for the sharing of PSI.
You can find a fuller description
of the Government’s Gov 2.0 response on the CCau blog at http://creativecommons.org.au/node/295.
From: Jessica Coates
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Subject: Australian Federal Government commits to CC BY as default
Big news from the Australian
Government on the issue of access to public sector information.
In an official response
released yesterday, the Federal Government has agreed to 12 of the 13
recommendations to come out of the Government
2.0 Taskforce report released last December – including
Recommendation 6.3, which states that Creative Commons Attribution should be
the default licensing position for PSI.
In addition, the government has
also agreed that the new Information Commissioner currently being established
will issue guidelines to ensure that:
by default PSI is
free, open, and reusable;
PSI is released as
quickly as possible;
PSI may only be
withheld where there is a legal obligation preventing its release.
records become available for public access under the Archives Act 1983, works
covered by Crown copyright will be automatically licensed under an appropriate
open attribution licence.
The response also includes an
undertaking that the Attorney-General’s Department will examine the
current state of copyright law with regard to orphan works (including section
200AB of the Copyright Act 1968), with the aim of recommending amendments that
would remove the practical restrictions that currently impede the use of such
This is the single biggest
commitment to CC licensing and open access principles by Australian government,
and should mean that the majority of Australian government material will soon
be available under a CC licence. The fact that both the response and the
announcement have been released under CC BY is a good start.
The assignment of responsibility
for implementation of the commitment to the new Information Commissioner is
also an encouraging move, and will hopefully see a more coordinated approach to
IP policy across the Australian government as a whole.
The response is available here
and a blog post from Finance Minister Tanner
Commons Clinic and Creative Commons Australia