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

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Overview

Need content? It's 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. 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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Associated Press
How do you tell the difference between what's copyrighted and what isn't? A good starting point is Stephen Fishman's The Public Domain.
Associated Press
"How do you tell the difference between what's copyrighted and what isn't? A good starting point is Stephen Fishman's The Public Domain."
Associated Press Staff
"How do you tell the difference between what's copyrighted and what isn't? A good starting point is Stephen Fishman's The Public Domain."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413300154
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 3/28/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.03 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Fishman is the author of many Nolo books, most recently Tax Deductions for Professionals. Other titles include 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 in 1979. After time in government and private practice, he became a full-time legal writer in 1983.
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Table of Contents

1  Introduction to the Public Domain
2  The Use and Abuse of Copyright
3  Writings
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 Copyrighted Writings
15  Copyrights Restored From the 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: Trademark and Publicity Rights
21  Researching Copyright Office Records
22  What If a Work Is Not in the Public Domain?
23  Help Beyond This Book
Appendixes
Index
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