Template talk:PD-USGov-Military-Army/en

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Edit request on 25 January 2013[edit]

{{editprotected}} Change "taken or made during the course of the person's official duties" to "taken or made as part of that person's official duties". This text matches that of the relevant statute (17 U.S.C. § 101) as well as using simpler language. VernoWhitney (talk) 21:37, 25 January 2013 (UTC)

  • ✓ Done, thanks for helping! odder (talk) 22:36, 26 March 2013 (UTC)

Clarify that US govt works are not necessarily PD worldwide[edit]

{{edit protected}} Works of the US federal government are definitely in the public domain in the US. At the same time, it is by no means clear that US government works are automatically in the public domain outside the US. In this template, please change '''[[w:public domain|public domain]].''' to '''[[w:public domain|public domain]]''' in the United States. instead. Thanks. --Gazebo (talk) 07:13, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

They may be PD worldwide. Or at least in many countries. They had basically been considered PD worldwide until the 1976 law, when the congressional notes had the referenced note in there... but that was based on clauses in the Universal Copyright Convention which may no longer be operative since the U.S. has joined the Berne Convention, and was also based on a U.S. Copyright Office interpretation of the Universal Copyright Convention which later turned out to be heavily disputed by other countries. For some particular works where the U.S. Government did want to ensure some protection abroad, they made an explicit exception in the law for them to exemption from the normal PD-USGov status (15 USC 290e). That applies domestically I guess, but I believe one of the drivers of that law was foreign usage of NIST data. I'm not sure we should be legitimizing that foreign copyright claim in the House documents to the above extent -- while there is some doubt, such works are probably PD in many other countries as well. I don't think the U.S. has ever tried to enforce a copyright in a foreign country, so it's another highly theoretical area. Carl Lindberg (talk) 15:33, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
 Not done per Carl Lindberg. --Hedwig in Washington (mail?) 03:09, 9 May 2017 (UTC)