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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...

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...

New Year’s Day is Public Domain Day
January 1, 2012 | 6:58 pm

Happy New Year! This is the time of year when we make our New Year’s Resolutions (I think mine will be 1680 x 1050) and look forward to a brighter future. (At least until the world ends on 12/21.) But it’s also observed as Public Domain Day where, in some parts of the world, people take stock of what new works have entered the public domain. In the US, it’s currently the day we stare wistfully through the glass of copyright, like a homeless waif staring at a storefront food display, at the works that would have entered the...

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