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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 [...]

Happy Public Domain Day … Unless You Live in the U.S.

By Joanna Cabot
January 2, 2013 // 11 Comments

Most days, us Canadians get the e-book shaft. Barnes & Noble won’t sell to us. Amazon will, but at higher prices and with less selection. We’re the forgotten child of the e-book world—with the exception of January 1, aka New Year’s Day, aka Public Domain Day, when countries [...]

How did Mark Twain really feel about perpetual copyright?

By Chris Meadows
January 9, 2011 // 3 Comments

I’ve often mentioned that Mark Twain was a supporter of perpetual copyright, but it occurred to me that in a sense I’ve not been living up to the dictates of the state we share. I’d been taking an out of context quote’s word for it, rather than insisting that you have to “show me”. And [...]

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