Wednesday, 1 January 2014

welcome to public domain day 2014

Welcome to Public Domain Day 2014 - also, Happy New Year.

This year some of us get to use the stories of Beatrix Potter, Elinor Glyn, Radclyffe Hall and W.W. Jacobs (The Monkey's Paw). Also the songs of Lorenz Hart and Fats Waller, the music of Rachmaninoff and the science of Nikolai Tesla and George Washington Carver.  Those of you living in Canada get a field day with access to Aldous Huxley, C.S.Lewis, Sylvia Plath and Robert Frost.  Can't do anything with those?  Take a break.

This is also the first year some won't be celebrating due to changes in legislation which limit access to some works until 2019.  In the meantime, here's a PDF of the Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind by James Boyle and an in-depth paper on what Public Domain Day may achieve by Jennifer Jenkins of Duke University.


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