Every January 1 is Public Domain Day
, when new authors enter the public domain. Copyright law is "fiendishly complex", but using the generic "life plus seventy" rule, here are some of the authors
who enter the public domain today. What could have been
entering the public domain today under the pre-1978-era law (Fellowship of the Ring, Dr. Seuss, etc..).. but you can expect further endless extensions of copyright to come. More articles here
posted by stbalbach
on Jan 1, 2011 -
"For U.S. books published between 1923 and 1963, the rights holder needed to submit a form to the U.S. Copyright Office renewing the copyright 28 years after publication. In most cases, books that were never renewed are now in the public domain. Estimates of how many books were renewed vary, but everyone agrees that most books weren't renewed. If true, that means that the majority of U.S. books published between 1923 and 1963 are freely usable.
" How do you know? The renewal copyright records have traditionally been scattered and hard to access, but Google - with the help of Project Gutenberg and the Distributed Proofreaders painstakingly typed in every word - has just released a single database as a freely downloadable XML file
posted by stbalbach
on Jun 25, 2008 -
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales asks: Imagine there existed a budget of $100 million to purchase copyrights to be made available under a free license. What would you like to see purchased and released under a free license? Photos libraries? textbooks? newspaper archives? Be bold, be specific,
be general, brainstorm, have fun with it. And they do.
posted by divabat
on Oct 22, 2006 -
Free Movies, Documentaries, Cartoons, TV-Shows, Music & Comedy
- 100% handpicked content chosen to inform, educate, shock and entertain you. Most of the old films and cartoons are in public domain: "when a work's copyright or patent restrictions expire, it enters the public domain and may be used by anyone for any purpose." The newer media is probably not in public domain, they are just freely available for some unknown reason. Tomorrow they could be gone.
posted by crunchland
on Sep 18, 2006 -
An anotated list
of the best-selling classics, (as compiled
by Book Magazine
), showing the years in which they will become public domain under current copyright law. Fans of Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises
will be in luck in 2021; Memoirs of a Geisha
will go public sometime in the early 2100s.
[Via Vidiot's brand new blog.]
posted by me3dia
on Aug 27, 2003 -
Ask not what the public domain can do for you...
(...ask what you can do for the public domain.) The Eldred vs. Ashcroft
folks are circulating a petition proposing a federal law requiring $1 copyright renewal after 50 years, or the work hits the public domain. The name-rank-serial# form has an interesting question: List something you have created using the public domain. Some of the answers: Audiotexts of Aesop's Fables
, annotation of Descartes' Discours
, Digital Historia Numorum: A Manual of Greek Numismatics
, choral sheet-music library
, Mercury Theatre on the Air
, a pop opera based on Cyrano
, NASA images jigsaw puzzle
, French proverbs from 1611
, blind audio tactile mapping system
, Alexandre Dumas père website
, Light and Matter physics text
, Voice of Hibakusha: Eyewitness accounts of Hiroshima
, Distributed RNA Secondary Structure Prediction
, least-squares fitting library
, collection of chess problem books
, Philately of the Princely States of India
, Oremus Hymnal
, Allen Parker slave narrative site
, Samuel Johnson's Ramblers
, 18th-century Chester Co. PA tax liststranslation of Jose Zorrilla's Don Juan (1844)
, Digital South-Asia Language Archive
, Vedic etexts
, Gary Indiana U.S. Steel Works Photograph Collection
, et al.
The above list was so diverse...led me to wonder, what works have Mefites created using public domain materials?
posted by jengod
on Jun 16, 2003 -