Photographer contributes life's work to public domain.

Getty Images sues for infringement ... of her own image ... without noting original creator or owner.

Photographer sues Getty for $1 billion.


@dredmorbius Getty are dicks, for sure. I suppose one should use CC-BY if one wants to preclude that sort of outcome. I tend to release content under a CC0 waiver (which is PD-like), but use other content that I know is PD or CC openly licensed.

@stevefoerster You might want to reconsider CC0 given the Highsmith v. Getty case.

@dredmorbius I understand why you'd say that, but I don't accept the legitimacy of intellectual property, so for me to even use it defensively is not really what I have in mind.

That said, that's not a judgment against those who have made a different choice in that regard.

@stevefoerster Understood, though that attitude favours the copyright maximalists and denies defenders of the public domain valuable defences.

@dredmorbius Hence my lack of judgment. But I'm not inclined to make a toothless threat, and in my case that's what asserting copyright would be since I'm pretty openly never going to back it up. πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

@stevefoerster I suspect you wouldn't be interested in discussing this much further.

I'm thinking of ways in which practices could be useful to maximalising public domain access, or the equivalents, without requiring specific actions by persons feeling as you do.

Not to dive into details, but would that possibility be something you'd appreciate or find acceptable?

@dredmorbius Sure, I'm always keen to consider approaches. One way is to maintain repositories that are designed to respect the wishes of those who want to share work openly, for example.


@stevefoerster Effectively yes, something like that.

Keep in mind that we're looking not just at software, but any work covered by copyright.

But something short of a full copyright assignment, probably more closely resembling a works collective which aggressively pursues false claims of exclusive ownership, is the general outline of what I have in mind.

A few billion-dollar Getty suits would fund and office and legal team adequately, I suspect.

@dredmorbius I'm an OER guy, so I think in terms of content more often than software anyway, although both matter. There are quite a few OER repositories out there, and many run by those with sufficient backing to fight legal battles if necessary, although I haven't heard about much of that happening.

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