Is Under a Creative Commons License

Except where otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. Content includes all materials posted by the Obama-Biden Transition project. Visitors to this website agree to grant a non-exclusive, irrevocable, royalty-free license to the rest of the world for their submissions to under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Talk about doing the right thing. Now the collaborative power of isn’t limited by what the transition team itself is able to enable. Anyone can take the policy points and discussions from the site and create their own remix or branch of it. This is a very good sign of the transition team’s attitude towards their task. It’s also a good license choice. Attribution 3.0 is the Barack Obama of CC licenses: modern, dignified, generous, and tolerant.

Uh excuse me - I don’t need a creative commons license from Obama. See since Americans pay for him, his house, his gas, his security, his cars, his EVERYTHING - well I can pretty much do what I want with the content over at the 1.0 website

Oh what a visionary???!!! Yeah okay. LOL

Peter: I agree that the Transition Team’s work ought to be considered uncopyrightable as a U.S. government work. (Emphasis on “ought to be”; courts might not agree.) But without the Creative Commons license, you couldn’t necessarily do useful and interesting things with all the suggestions, comments, and other content that people will be uploading to as part of the discussions of where the country should be going.


The Obama-Biden Transition Project is a not-for-profit private corporation; it is not an agency of the federal government.

Hi James!

Great thing you’re doing. However, some of the stuff I’ve shared with the transition are already copyrighted by me. A lot more is really rather personal and some more may breach confidentiality expected of me. I don’t suppose there’s a way to opt out, is there? I’ve been a trusted non-public advisor to three presidents, but this is a bit strange to me. I hope you understand why I’m asking. Since there was no way of accessing everyone else’s job applications/contributions, I presumed reasonably that confidentiality was the rule rather than full disclosure. For goodness sake, some of that stuff is highly classified, too.

Titus: Yes, but is a governmental resource directed towards a governmental function. It’s like model legislation; the contents don’t need copyright’s incentives.

Ross: The short answer is that copyright and confidentiality are different animals. You should definitely reach out to the transition project and let them know that some of the submissions you’ve made shouldn’t be made public. Nothing in the copyright license requires them to make anything public. (And, for obvious reasons, the license can’t apply to things that people have already submitted, only to things that they submit going forward.)

If you’re interested in how an Obama presidency may use the Internet, you may find my March 2008 essay The Coming Digital Presidency of interest:

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I’m interested in any thoughts on my comments at the bottom of this blog post:

(For some reason, I can’t copy it over here, I keep getting an error message that I can’t figure out. But I’m watching this blog now.)

Pete: I’ve responded to your thoughts over on the Creative Commons blog entry. The error has to do with pasting in text that contains smart quotes. I’ll see if I can make my blog software smarter, as it were, about that.

Great, thanks — I thought I tried removing all the smart quotes, I suspected that. Must have missed one.

I’ll check your answer.

Oh and by the way, on another subject — you published an excellent writeup of our problem with laws and copyright in Oregon. It was a great help to us as we persuaded Legislative Counsel to reverse its decision.

Now, we’re seeking legislative action to follow that up. Take a look at this wiki page if you have a moment:

arrg, me and the sloppy posts. Sorry!

OK, so it doesn’t like underscores either? Once and for all: