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The following is a list of content materials that have an unclear copyright and efforts need to be made to move the material into an acceptable license or clarify existing terms of use. Please contribute any links you wish to this page along with a brief description and status.

This space is for listing people, organizations, and content collections that would be awesome to see under open licenses or in the public domain, either as an entire bundle of content or as a "token" open-content piece for publicity/encouragement reasons. It would likely make sense to work with creative commons groups on this list.

Name of Collection Filetype(s) Language URL to Content Submitted by Status

Name of Collection Examples of filetype: jpeg, png, html, mp3, wav en, es, de, none URL to content itself and/or any license info Your wiki username please Brief record of communications with the copyright owner

Brandenburg Concertos mp3 and ra Seth None
Food Safety music videos flash swf English Seth None
Physics courses in multiple languages PDF en de es? Seth None

Alabama Learning Exchange db, html, .doc en Seth Need to drop the -nc and only education clauses, can directly contact uploaders too

Entire collections

This is for specific materials or bodies of content that would be great to have, and which we want to ask the current copyright holders to release into the public domain or under an open license.


They have expressed interest in sharing their materials with us, but the licenses involved aren't all clear.

Kunst der Fuge

Already free content, but need to pay to download - 50 euros. can we get a donation?


They take public domain material, post it on the web and apply a new copyright on the on-line edition.

Might be worth speaking to Dover editions (for-profit print publisher of public domain materials).

Boston Museum of Science

Carol Lerche posted to the Library list:

If someone at OLPC Bat Central knows functionaries at the Boston Museum of Science, it would be great to talk them into making an electronic version of these books ( available under an appropriate license. They are already multi-cultural...with a little translation magic, they would be great resources for the OLPC library.

General publicity

This is for "famous" artists, authors, musicians, etc. who probably can't contribute their entire bodies of work, but who could bring a lot of great publicity to the project if they could release one or more works into the public domain.

  • Lee-Hom Wang
  • Stephen Merritt

UN Publications

A number of excellent publications from UN agencies (including Food and Agriculture Organization) have copyright statements like this. It would be helpful to get an opinion on whether this constitutes a suitable license for OLCP use. Cjl 00:22, 6 June 2008 (EDT)

All rights reserved. Reproduction and dissemination of material in this information product for educational or other noncommercial purposes are authorized without any prior written permission from the copyright holders provided the source is fully acknowledged. Reproduction of material in this information product for resale or other commercial purposes is prohibited without written permission of the copyright holders. Applications for such permission should be addressed to the Chief, Publishing Management Service, Information Division, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy or by e-mail to © FAO 2005

One likely usage case would be to take a UN-prepared PDF, refactor it for internationalization (say as HTML and broken out Pootle strings), thus producing a "derivative work" that can be readily localized. Is prior contact with the UN agency needed to perform such a derivativization or is it acceptable to do so under their terms per the first sentence of their copyright notice? Would it be appropriate to apply a CC-BY license to the derivative work, would it be necessary to apply a CC-BY-NC license? Some UN sites (e.g. UNICEF) have more explicit terms [1]