Sunday, January 23, 2011

Public Domain (a quick overview)

General Definition: The setting in which written work or visual displays are accessible to everyone without hindrance or financial barriers to access, not protected by copyright or patent.

General Rule: Any book that was published before 1924 and whose author(s) has been dead for seventy years is automatically in the public domain.

Small Print: Due to new laws in copyright and public domain status, some works are harder to figure out when they will actually enter the public domain. Law Professor Laura N. Gasaway at the University of North Carolina has a helpful chart to figure out when U.S. works pass into the public domain.

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