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‘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 imgur.com 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 [...]

Morning Links: Captain Ahab and Cinderella as games fodder. Onyx Boox i86 FINALLY up for pre-order.

By Joanna Cabot
June 2, 2015 // 4 Comments

The Surprising Games People Made with Public Domain Works (Boing Boing) The recent Public Domain Jam has spawned a whole bunch of new works…about Captain Ahab, Captain Hook, Cinderella, Dorian Gray and lots more than any fan of classics might like to peruse. The TeleRead Take: I love this story. [...]

Book review: Things that go Bump in the Night, selected by Douglas Draa and David A. Riley, Parallel Universe Publications

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 31, 2015 // 1 Comment

In these ebook days, compilations of public domain material can be a waste of money if they carry a price tag, or a great value add. Certainly, Things That go Bump in the Night: A Treasury of Classic Weird is one of those volumes of classic reprints whose contents you (mostly) could put together [...]

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 [...]

Morning Links: Beginner’s luck. Disney tells court about importance of public domain

By Joanna Cabot
March 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Why I Came Back to Poetry (Book Riot) I’m not a very good reader of poetry yet. I couldn’t tell you the first thing about the craft of poetry, stanzas, or technique — but that’s what keeps drawing me back to it; the fact that there is so much more to learn. *** Business Musings: [...]

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 [...]

Morning Roundup: How do you know public domain is in trouble? Author resale rights and more

By Joanna Cabot
June 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

How Do You Know The Public Domain Is In Trouble? It Requires A 52-Page Handbook To Determine If Something Is Public Domain (Techdirt) It’s actually quite handy in many ways, but it still seems… wrong that the public domain should ever need a 52-page handbook just to figure out if a work [...]

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 [...]

Ryk Spoor launches Kickstarter to fund new Oz novel

By Chris Meadows
March 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s a worthy-looking Kickstarter project. Ryk Spoor, one of the Baen stable of authors, is looking to self-publish Polychrome, his modern-day pastiche on the public-domain Oz setting. He’s already offered it to multiple publishers, but none of them seems to have been able to figure out quite [...]

Story Cards tablet CCG gamifies reading for K-12 students

By Chris Meadows
March 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s an intriguing game I just learned about. Educational publisher Amplify, makers of the Amplify Android tablet we covered last year, has come up with a way to gamify classic literature, in the hopes of getting students interested in reading it. Story Cards is a turn-based [...]

The public domain hiatus continues

By Chris Meadows
January 3, 2014 // 4 Comments

So, another new year, and another collection of works that should have but won’t pass into the public domain thanks to Sonny Bono’s Copyright Term Extension Act. GigaOm has a good roundup of titles, drawing on the report from Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain. They [...]

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