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Happy birthday J.R.R. Tolkien – but doesn’t ring in any public domain riches
January 5, 2015 | 12:25 pm

Tolkien bustJohn Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3rd, 1892, and his long and richly productive life ended on September 2nd, 1973. That longevity, however, also means that enthusiasts are having to wait a very long time indeed for any of his great body of work to find its way into the public domain. As Everybody's Libraries noted back on Public Domain Day 2013, if the U.S.  had not passed its latest copyright extension act in 1988, "we would be seeing works published in 1937, such as the first edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, now entering the public domain. ...

What 2015 is giving you in the public domain – and what it isn’t
January 2, 2015 | 10:25 am

As with any new year, 2015 brings a freight of new works that will be released into the public domain in various jurisdictions - and a whole lot that could have been under prior iterations of copyright law, but won't be. As the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School states, "Public Domain Day is January 1st of every year. If you live in Canada, January 1st 2015 would be the day when the writings of Rachel Carlson, Ian Fleming, and Flannery O'Connor enter the public domain. It will be a not-so-silent spring! In Europe, the...

Joseph E. Stiglitz on knowledge, scholarly open access, and copyright
November 11, 2014 | 10:25 am

Joseph Stiglitz at CEU 2014Former World Bank chief economist and Nobel Prize winner Joseph E. Stiglitz, lecturing on the topic "Can Illiberal Democracies Create Shared and Sustained Prosperity?" at Central European University in Budapest, had quite a bit to say on copyright and intellectual property in the course of his address. Given that the subject of his latest co-authored book, as well as much of his lecture, is Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress, this may come as no surprise, but since Stiglitz is former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, he has had more of an insider's view on U.S. intellectual...

James Joyce and the public domain situation
February 3, 2014 | 2:25 pm

The anniversary of James Joyce's birthday in 1882, February 2nd, fell on a Sunday this year, so this article comes a day late. And as his life and works have already been covered plenty on TeleRead, and are best tackled on Bloomsday, June 16th, I'll confine this article to the question of Joyce's works and the public domain, since for some jurisdictions, these towering classics of modernist literature are available online for free - and for some, they're not. Just to spare anyone who is more interested in the works themselves than the wrinkles of this debate, all of James Joyce's...

Happy Public Domain Day … Unless You Live in the U.S.
January 2, 2013 | 10:56 am

Most days, us Canadians get the e-book shaft. Barnes & Noble won't sell to us. Amazon will, but at higher prices and with less selection. We're the forgotten child of the e-book world—with the exception of January 1, aka New Year's Day, aka Public Domain Day, when countries that calculate the length of an author's copyright based on the year an artist dies get access to a whole bunch of new entrants. Here in Canada, a glorious (for now) life + 50 land, authors whose death occurred in 1963 are now part of the public domain. In Australia and other life...