This is my first post of 2008 and I wanted to wish everyone a happy public domain day! Yes that’s right, besides being a day of football, resolutions, hangovers, Korean Duk-Gook (tastes just as good with veggie broth!), it’s the day when the works of authors who died in 1957 (for life +50 copyright countries) or those that died in 1937 (in the life+70 countries) — see this article for a list of countries and their copyright lengths — go into the public domain for our collective ownership and use.
To ring in the day, John Mark Ockerbloom, Everybody’s Librarian, has donated the copyrights of his 1993 Web sites to the public domain in honor of the 14 year initial term of copyright specified in the Statute of Anne and the US’s first copyright law. And Wallace McLean over at CopyrightWatch.ca has a nice list of authors whose works are rolling into the public domain.
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