Public Domain, The: How to Find & Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More

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NOLO, Apr 16, 2010 - Business & Economics - 484 pages
Need content? Itís free for the taking!

Even though you've always been told otherwise, writers and artists can copy other peopleís work and get away with it. How? By dipping into the public domain, where everything is free for the taking.

The Public Domain is the only book that helps you find and identify what creative works are protected by copyright -- and what's not. The book provides specific information about:

  • writings
  • music
  • art
  • photography
  • architecture
  • maps
  • choreography
  • movies and video
  • software
  • databases
  • collections

    The 5th edition is crisper, fresher and completely updated with new case law, and includes information on the emergence of the "copyright commons." The book also provides hundreds of resources to help you find public-domain works.
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    If you are a creative artist who would like to make use of others' prior works, or if you are looking to add content to your website, or throw a big public event, this is a book for you. Especially if you don't have the money or are otherwise loath to spend it on royalties. There is a lot of talk about public domain, especially in the age of internet when online "piracy" seems to be on the rise, and publishers, recording labels and movie studios are making the news every day with a new lawsuit against one company or another concerning the unlawful use of intellectual property. Even if you are not directly affected by this and would just like to know more what constitutes public domain, I would not be able to think of a better place to start than this book. It is extremely well written, researched and documented. Every possible scenario of what would someone want to do with public property is carefully outlined and explained. Most of the explanations are well backed with the real-life court cases. This is a great book for anyone who is even remotely interested in what constitute the public domain. 

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    Well written and researched. I was working on a articled regarding the use of copyrighted material in the classroom when I came across this book in my research. Definitely a good read for anyone traveling these waters.

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