Let ‘Em Have It! The Possibilities of Public Domain Publishing

Saturday 2:00 Room 1

Presenters: Joseph Corneli & Charles Jeffrey Danoff

By default, most publishers choose “All rights reserved” as the copyright choice for their work. Perhaps even without consideration of any other approach. Building off the work done in the software industry, copyright licensing has become more common in the last decade or so where publishers give permission for others to copy or modify works with a certain amount of attribution. The most extreme choice is dedicating it to the public domain where anyone can do whatever they want with the work. Joe and Charlie did that with a few books over the years, join the session to learn about their experience and copyright options in general.

Joseph Corneli

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Joe earned a PhD in Computing at the Knowledge Media Institute of The Open University for a thesis on “Peer Produced Peer Learning” (2014). He subsequently held research roles at Goldsmiths and the University of Edinburgh. At Brookes, his primary appointment is as a Research Fellow; he also teaches on the Data Analytics programme. Outside the university, he is active in the Peeragogy Project and other networks of early adopters and free software enthusiasts. His research brings contemporary AI methods together with social machines.


Charles Jeffrey Danoff

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Charlie currently analyzes data for money and lives in Chicago. He writes poetry and fiction on the side. It has been an honor and privilege for him to be one of the peers contributing to the Peeragogy Project for some years now.