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Need content? Find public domain works free for the taking!

Even though you've always been told otherwise, writers and artists can copy other people’s work and get away with it. Enter the world of the public domain, where everything is free for the taking, and the only secret to unlocking this treasure trove is knowing how to recognize free content and where to find it.

With The Public Domain, you'll get specific information about finding ...

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Overview

Need content? Find public domain works free for the taking!

Even though you've always been told otherwise, writers and artists can copy other people’s work and get away with it. Enter the world of the public domain, where everything is free for the taking, and the only secret to unlocking this treasure trove is knowing how to recognize free content and where to find it.

With The Public Domain, you'll get specific information about finding copyright-free writings, music, art, photography, software, maps, databases, videos, and more.  Find out about:

- how to find public domain materials
- how to handle challenges to public domain claims
- public domain "gray areas"
- copyright protections and expirations
- use of public domain art or film for advertising or other commercial purposes
- web content in the public domain
- how to research copyright office records
- how to get permission to use work not in the public domain

This edition of The Public Domain is completely updated with new case law, and new developments in the world of international copyright. The book also provides hundreds of resources to help you find public domain works.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A public domain was one of the Framers’ most important gifts to our cultural tradition. This extraordinary book makes real the value of that gift in the 21st century.”  Lawrence W. Lessig, Stanford Law Professor & Author of Code & Other Laws of Cyberspace
“A superb offering...”  Chicago Tribune
“How do you tell the difference between what’s copyrighted and what isn’t? A good starting point is ... The Public Domain.”  Associated Press
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413320282
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 5/20/2014
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 379,810
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Fishman is the author of many Nolo books, including  Deduct It! Lower Your Small Business Taxes, Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide and Home Business Tax Deductions: Keep What You Earn—plus many other legal and business books. He received his law degree from the University of Southern California and after time in government and private practice, became a full-time legal writer.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the Public Domain
2. The Use and Abuse of Copyright
3. Writingss
4. Music 
5. Art
6. Photography
7. Movies and Television
8. Computer Software
9. Architecture
10. Maps
11. Choreography
12. Databases and Collections
13. Titles
14. Public Domain Elements in Copyright Writings
15. Copyrights Restored From Public Domain
16. The Public Domain Outside the United States
17. The Internet and the Public Domain
18. Copyright Protection: How Long Does It Last?
19. Copyright Notice Requirements
20. Traps for the Unwary
21. Researching Copyright Office Records
22. What if a Work Is Not in the Public Domain? Index

 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    I bought this book to keep as a reference, and although the law on copyright and public domain are vast, this book is an excellent starting point for pointing me in the right direction. Otherwise I would have to spend hours doing research or consulting with an attorney. That is not to say that the book replaces either of those, but it narrows it down sufficiently and eliminates it most of the time. I also enjoy reading it, it is easy to follow and to understand. I definitely recommend this book to those who are in the writing field or other professions where copyright is involved. Nolo is the best when you are looking for a good, accurate legal source.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

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    A very comprehensive review of the public domain

    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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