2019/09/10: Millions of books are secretly in the public domain thanks to a copyright loophole, a new project seeks to put them on the Internet Archive.
In 1998, Disney led an entertainment industry lobbying effort that resulted in the term of copyright being extended by 20 years, even for works that had already been created -- a law with an incoherent basis, given that the US copyright system is constitutionally constrained to passing laws to promote new creative works (giving creators
Creative Commons allows people to grant others freedom, but with very specific and often mutually exclusive conditions. And that's only sort of freedom.
One of the most exciting things about widespread access to 3D printing is how it has started to push cultural institutions to begin digitizing their 3D col
In 1998, if Congress hadn't extended copyrights by 20 years, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind would all be in the public domain
I received a bogus copyright takedown notice for using public domain audio on SoundCloud yesterday. The sound in question-the famous "Houston, we have a problem" snippet of the Apollo 13 mission-is
Finding the right picture is hard when you don't even know what they all are.
A September report from the Library of Congress's National Film Preservation Board called The Survival of American Silent Feature Films: 1912-1929 [PDF] paints a dismal picture of the archival record of silent movies. In all, "14% of the 10,919 silent films released by major studios exist in their original 35mm or other format," although some
Glyn Moody wonders whether, given the decline of copyleft licences, it is time to contemplate switching to placing software in the Public Domain and addresses the commonly raised objections
The Independent Filmmaker Project fosters the development, production and promotion of hundreds of feature and documentary films a year.
IP protection hurting, not helping, US and UK
so it's the time of the year again where lists of authors who's works will enter into the public domain on the 1st of january are compiled left and right. Generally these efforts work like this: you start a list of authors who have died in in the year ending 70 years ago (1942) andContinue reading ...
If you think copyright is bad in regions like the US or Europe, this post from Intellectual Property Watch points out that things could be much worse: In Argentina, there’s no such thing as a "fair use" judicial doctrine...
Just got a note from them highlighting this rule: Some types of content, such as public domain content, may be free to use by anyone, or may be licensed for use by more than one party. We will not
I realized a diagram including all the most important opendata licenses that are now available, and classifying them according to their leg...
Cory Doctorow: The real villains of YouTube are the multinational companies cashing in on public domain footage they claim is their own
As was unfortunately expected, despite no evidence that this made any economic sense at all, the member states of the EU have agreed to retroactively extend copyright another 20 years, at which point you can expect it to be extended again (thanks to...