Synopses & Reviews
Need content? Find public domain works free for the taking!
Even though you've always been told otherwise, writers and artists can copy other people’s work and get away with it. Enter the world of the public domain, where everything is free for the taking, and the only secret to unlocking this treasure trove is knowing how to recognize free content and where to find it.
With The Public Domain, you'll get specific information about finding copyright-free writings, music, art, photography, software, maps, databases, videos, and more with this easy-to-read guide. Find out about:
. how to find public domain materials
. how to determine whether materials are valuable
. how to handle challenges to public domain claims
. public domain "gray areas"
. copyright protections and expirations
. use of public domain art or film for advertising or other commercial purposes
. web content in the public domain
. how to research copyright office records
. how to get permission to use work not in the public domain
This edition of The Public Domain is crisper, fresher and completely updated with new case law, and includes new developments in the world of international copyright. The book also provides hundreds of resources to help you find public-domain works.
" A unique guide to finding and using copyright-free material with no permission or fees necessary. “ Choice
About the Author
Stephen Fishman is the author of many Nolo books, most recently Tax Deductions for Professionals. Other titles include Deduct It! Lower Your Small Business Taxes, Every Landlord's Tax Deduction Guide and Home Business Tax Deductions — plus many other legal and business books. He received his law degree from the University of Southern California. After time in government and private practice, he became a full-time legal writer.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to the Public Domain
2. The Use and Abuse of Copyright
Part I:Original Works of Art
Part II: Art Reproductions
7. Movies and Television
Part I: Films
Part II: Television Programs
8. Computer Software
12. Databases and Collections
Part I. Databases
Part II: Collections of Public Domain Works
14. Public Domain Elements in Copyright Writings
15. Copyrights Restored From Public Domain
16. The Public Domain Outside the United States
17. The Internet and the Public Domain
18. Copyright Protection: How Long Does It Last?
19. Copyright Notice Requirements
20. Traps for the Unwary
21. Researching Copyright Office Records
22. What if a Work Is Not in the Public Domain?