A post on the Creative Commons web site celebrates the use of a creative commons license on Obama’s transition team’s web site.
But sorry guys and girls. You can’t have it both ways. Either the transition team IS an arm of the government, or it AIN’T.
If it ain’t go ahead and use whatever copyright policies you want, but don’t use a .gov domain because you gotta be a government agency to get one of those.
See: http://www.dotgov.gov/help_qualify.aspx which states,
“Domain names (such as gsa.gov) are used in websites and e-mail addresses to uniquely identify computers and networks. The domain name is the core of an organization’s or program’s Internet identity, their online brand. Managed domain names require the holder of that name to meet certain eligibility requirements. These strict authorization standards help ensure users that they are accessing an official site. Managed domain names include .gov, -NSN.gov, and .fed.US.
Eligibility for .gov
To preserve the integrity of the .gov name space, .gov domains are limited to United States government organizations at the federal, Native Sovereign Nation, state, and local level, and U.S. territories.
Registrations that qualify for a .gov domain
-U.S. Governmental departments, programs, and agencies on the federal level
-Federally recognized Indian Tribes (-NSN.gov domain)
-State governmental entities/programs
-Cities and townships represented by an elected body of officials
-Counties and parishes represented by an elected body of officials
Registrations that do not qualify for a .gov domain
-Privately owned organizations
-Military entities (except in special cases)
-Local (e.g., city, county, township, or parish) government programs or initiatives
-Cities, townships, counties, parishes, and other local entities that are not represented by an elected body of officials”
In any case, any minor inconsistencies with Federal policy I’m sure can be easily fixed and the PTT is to be commended for its open approach and taking advantage of Internet technologies to engage with citizens and document its work!