public domain

LibriVox offers many interpretations of classic literature

By Chris Meadows
October 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

Looking for a good audiobook? Free public domain audiobook service LibriVox has been around for some time, and Wired’s John Adamian finds it puts an interesting new spin on audiobook listening. He has written a lengthy profile of the service, its listeners, and its participants. Because people [...]

Warner Music does not own ‘Happy Birthday,’ judge rules

By Chris Meadows
September 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

Well, here’s a great birthday present for someone. In a summary judgment, a judge declared that “Happy Birthday” may be in the public domain. This does not necessarily mean, as some are reporting, that all the “Happy Birthday” copyrights are invalid, but it does mean that if anyone does [...]

‘Happy Birthday’ may turn unhappy for Warner Brothers

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve looked at the legal effort to clarify the copyright status of the “Happy Birthday” song a couple of times—in 2013 when it launched, and again last week. But Boing Boing has posted an extensive look at the key evidence in the case, and at the history of the song’s writers. The [...]

A fine, fine spine design

By Chris Meadows
June 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

Apropos of the discussion about e-books and spines a few days ago, this post on displays a hardcover book spine design that’s nothing short of brilliant. The book is, of course, Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a controversial treatise in its day and [...]

Do bookshops, publishers cheat readers?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2015 // 4 Comments

Author David Nicholls‘s keynote speech at the London Book Fair Digital Minds Conference appears to have been garnering quite a bit of ridicule, as well as attention, for his claim that showrooming is just a “genteel form of shoplifting.” And far be it from me to hold back. So here’s [...]

Happy birthday J.R.R. Tolkien – but doesn’t ring in any public domain riches

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 5, 2015 // 2 Comments

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3rd, 1892, and his long and richly productive life ended on September 2nd, 1973. That longevity, however, also means that enthusiasts are having to wait a very long time indeed for any of his great body of work to find its way into the public domain. As [...]

Happy Public Domain Day!

By Joanna Cabot
January 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

January 1 is one day a year where I am glad to be Canadian. While normally I look on with jealousy as my American friends and family partake in a myriad of better shopping options, January 1 is my day to gloat—while America remains hamstring by Sonny Bono and Walt Disney’s efforts to [...]

What 2015 is giving you in the public domain – and what it isn’t

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Open Culture puts 110 free philosophy books online

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

The website Open Culture, offering “the best free cultural and educational media on the web,” has announced the release of a collection of 110 works of philosophy, “from Aristotle to Nietzsche & Wittgenstein,” for free access online. And although, despite the wording of [...]

Met throws open its galleries online for free scholarly, personal use

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, last in TeleRead for one excellent freebie initiative where it put its past publications up for free download online, has just launched an even more attractive initiative. Under the Open Access for Scholarly Content (OASC) initiative, the Met will offer [...]

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