Center for the Public Domain

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The Center for the Public Domain was a charitable foundation created in 1999 by Bob Young as the Red Hat Center for Open Source.[1][2][3] Until 2002, it provided free online legal resources, sponsored public domain spaces on the Internet, and campaigned for copyright reforms.[4][5][6]

The Center dissolved itself in March 2002, after distributing about $12 million in grants, primarily to four organizations: ibiblio, Public Knowledge, Creative Commons, and the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at the Duke University School of Law.[1]


  1. ^ a b Christina Dyrness (March 16, 2002). "Public Domain Center Closing". Raleigh, NC: The News and Observer. p. D6. The Center for the Public Domain, founded in 1999 as the Red Hat Center for Open Source when the Linux company's stock was still on the rise, has called it quits with an e-mail message to friends of the center stating: "Our job here is done."
  2. ^ Sally Richards (2002). Futurenet: The Past, Present, and Future of the Internet as Told by Its Creators and Visionaries. John Wiley and Sons. pp. 99–100, 215. ISBN 978-0471433248.
  3. ^ David Bollier (2009). Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of Their Own. The New Press. p. 102. ISBN 978-1595583963.
  4. ^ Debora Jean Halbert (2005). Resisting Intellectual Property. Psychology Press. pp. 38, 176. ISBN 0-415-70127-9.
  5. ^ Patricia Aufderheide; Peter Jaszi (2011). Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright. University of Chicago Press. p. 52. ISBN 978-0226032283.
  6. ^ Robin Mansell; Marc Raboy, eds. (2011). The Handbook of Global Media and Communication Policy. John Wiley & Sons. p. 156. ISBN 9781405198714. The MacArthur and Rockefeller Foundations, as well as the smaller Markle Foundation, the Center for the Public Domain, and the William Penn Foundation, also support media reform.

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