The Public Domain: How to Find and Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More (Public Domain: How to Find & Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art& More)

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9781413300154: The Public Domain: How to Find and Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More (Public Domain: How to Find & Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art& More)

Even though grade-school teachers have told us otherwise for years, you can copy other people's creative work and get away with it. How? By dipping into the public domain, where everything is free for the taking.

The first book of its kind, The Public Domain is the definitive guide to the creative works that are not protected by copyright and can be copied freely or otherwise used without paying permission fees.

The book explains step-by-step how to recognize when a work is in the public domain. Chapters cover:
* writings
* music
* art
* architecture
* maps
* choreography
* photography
* film and video
* computer software and databases

The book also lists hundreds of resources, such as websites, libraries and archives, useful for locating public domain works.

Destined to become a classic reference guide, The Public Domain is indispensable for anyone who deals with creative works, including publishers, web developers, writers, musicians and composers, artists, librarians, photographers and filmmakers.

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About the Author:

Stephen Fishman received his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1979. After stints in government and private practice, he became a full-time legal writer in 1983. He has helped write and edit over a dozen reference books for attorneys. He is the author of Copyright Your Software, Web & Software Development, The Copyright Handbook, Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements, Working for Yourself and Hiring Independent Contractors: The Employer's Legal Guide, all published by Nolo.

Review:

A public domain was one of the Framers' most important gifts to our cultural tradition. This extraordinary book makes real. -- Lawrence Lessig, Stanford Law Professor and author of Code & Other laws of Cyberspace

How do you tell the difference between what's copyrighted and what isn't? A good starting point is The Public Domain. -- Associated Press

Outstanding and useful information about copyright, public-domain material, fair use, and how to navigate this sometimes daunting field. -- Peter E. Hanff, Deputy Director, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

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