Items tagged "Public Domain"

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“Nobody” Can’t Hold a Copyright, Which Means Sometimes, Nobody Holds a Copyright

August 6, 2014 #Monkey Selfie , Copyright , Copyright Reform , Public Domain

Why is it hard to believe that a monkey selfie can be in the public domain? Probably because we have a hard time recognizing that some things just can’t be owned by anybody.

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Further Federal Shenanigans in the Public Domain

August 5, 2014 Copyright Reform , Public Domain

Remember that 4th of July post about the US Marine Corps Band’s dubious (albeit inadvertent) chilling of access to public domain material with scary-sounding—and entirely made-up—restrictions? Well as it turns out, the Band isn’t the only piece of the federal government trying to illicitly tack on fake, copyright-esque limits onto public domain works.

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The Stars and Stripes for…Life of the Author + 70? Chilling Copyright and the USMC Band.

July 3, 2014 Copyright Reform , Public Domain

Imagine you’re in charge of promoting your community’s 4th of July parade this weekend, and are making a video to spread the word. Naturally you’re looking for patriotic music. You know that Stars and Stripes Forever is old enough to be in the public domain, so all you need is a performance of the song also in the public domain. Fortunately, you’re pretty sure recordings produced by US government bands are in the public domain. But when you visit the US Marine Band’s website, you read otherwise.

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The Authors Guild Should Trust Universities and HathiTrust

September 20, 2011 Fair Use , Orphan Works , Public Domain

“Going to the library was the one place we got to go without asking for permission. And they let us choose what we wanted to read. It was a feeling of having a book be mine entirely.” – Rita Dove.  Unfortunately, the Authors Guild, an authors’ advocacy group, does not want library patrons to access books without its permission.  The Authors Guild filed a lawsuit against five universities and the HathiTrust last week.  Although the reasoning in its complaint is flawed, the Authors Guild successfully prevented access to numerous literary works that were set for digital release.   

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The Importance of Project Gutenberg

September 8, 2011 Google Book Search , Public Domain

Project Gutenberg is one of the Internet’s great resources–the first “digital library,” with thousands of public domain ebooks, and created entirely by volunteers. Its founder, Michael Hart, passed away this week, after founding the project–by typing in a copy of the Declaration of Independence–in 1971. In doing this, Hart invented the ebook, and what became Project Gutenberg release #1 is still available online. Hart’s passing is a sad occasion but a good time to reflect on the importance of his life’s work.

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On today’s podcast, we discuss the time traveling spectrum bill, monkey copyright, Comcast running into trouble with data caps, and updates from the Creators Freedom Project.  We also discuss Newport Television’s attempt to silence criticism from Free Press by sending them a bogus DMCA takedown notice with Free Press Policy Counsel Corie Wright.


Working with Outside the Box Music, we’re putting on our next “Rock Your Net” Internet marketing series, which starts August 4th in Nashville, TN. For more details, go here.

Parachute Musical and Ocean Is Theory, two bands that CFP is working with have a show in DC on Saturday, July 23 at DC9. More details on the bands’ websites, download a free track from both bands here.

The 1861 Project is having its Album Release party next Tues, July 19 @ 7PM at Nashville’s Basement. To RSVP, check out this Facebook Event.

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Sheet Music Domain Goes Down Over Bogus Copyright Claim

April 22, 2011 DMCA , Enforcement , Public Domain , Safe Harbor

Yesterday, IMSLP, a website dedicated to archiving public domain sheet music lost its domain name due to a complaint sent by the UK’s Music Publishers Association to the site’s registrar, GoDaddy. The notice incorrectly claimed that IMSLP’s copy of Rachmaninoff’s The Bells infringed copyright. (Coverage by TorrentFreak, Michael Geist, and BoingBoing.)

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Glenn Beck And His Fair Use Problem

October 19, 2010 Fair Use , Public Domain

Glenn Beck is a brilliant propagandist.  There’s no denying he has mastered every technique passed down from the ages of those who would confuse and mislead the public.  From the snide inflections of his voice to the baseless accusations, to just making things up, he is the latest to follow in a long, if disreputable, tradition.

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In this week’s podcast, we bring home the saga of T-Mobile and Weedmaps.com, discuss problems with the new generation of set-top boxes, summarize the Next Big Nashville/Digital Leadership Summit, the Open Hardware Summit, and the Open Video Conference.  We also talk to Aaron Dunn of Musopen, the free public domain classical music project about the project and about how you can help (hint: he doesn’t need any more money).

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How Balanced Copyright Gives Us As Many Freaky Alice in Wonderlands as We Can Handle

March 2, 2010 Innovation , Public Domain

Oftentimes, opponents of Public Knowledge suggest that our calls for a balanced copyright is really a call for everything to be free. First off, this is wrong. Balanced copyright is an attempt to find a way to promote creation without restricting innovation or creativity (or “balance” the rights of the creators of the past, creators of the future, and the public), not make everything free (for the 2 page handout version of PK’s take on balanced copyright, click here (PDF)).

Second, and what really annoys me, is the implication that there is no real value to works once they are in the public domain.

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