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Unconstitutionally Long Copyright Terms Stifle Content Creation, Just Ask Disney

Derek Khanna | Posted 07.06.2014 | Media
Derek Khanna

As the House Judiciary Committee is considering major copyright reforms to provide for the next Great Copyright Act, they must include copyright terms more consistent with the original public meaning of the Copyright Clause.

The Law Must Be Free and Accessible to All -- Not Secret and Profitable

Ralph Nader | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Ralph Nader

If the law is to be understood and obeyed, it must be public information. How can we follow the law if we don't know what it is? This is the astonishingly unfortunate reality for a large number of our nation's laws.

We Need to Start Seeing Other Futures...

James Boyle | Posted 03.16.2014 | Politics
James Boyle

Copyright Week is a week devoted to our relationship with our own culture. Hint: things aren't going well.

Art For All Is Good For Everyone

Michael Drew | Posted 07.29.2013 | Arts
Michael Drew

I'm all for open-source. I recommend that writers with whom I work give away their work, either by chapters or the whole book. This usually leads to a...

My Dad and JFK: Assassination Conspiracy Theorists Keep My Late Father in Their Sights

Peter Mandel | Posted 07.20.2013 | Politics
Peter Mandel

When will Americans, we of middle age, especially, move on? In the absence of new witnesses or of other fresh and vital information, might it make sense to stop our chattering and to open files on the other parts of our lives?

Legal Issues in Self-Publishing: What Authors Need to Know

Bernard Starr | Posted 02.23.2013 | Books
Bernard Starr

Self-publishing continues its exponential growth. More and more authors are choosing this route for presenting their work to the public. But there is one domain that self-published authors rarely think about: legal issues.

Cinefantastique Spotlight Podcast: Public Domain Panic II

Dan Persons | Posted 08.19.2012 | Entertainment
Dan Persons

The director is Satan! (So what else is new?) A family member is nuts! (Happens in the best of 'em.) Captain Kirk's an a-hole! (Yeah, well, George Takei knew this way ahead of you.)

New Perspectives on Old Perspectives: How an Art Project Helped the NYPL Put Its 3D Stereograph Collection in Your Hands

The New York Public Library | Posted 03.27.2012 | New York
The New York Public Library

What is a photograph if not an invitation to step, however hesitantly, however briefly, into another time?

SCOTUS Adds More Fuel to the Copyright Debate With Golan V. Holder

Christina Gagnier | Posted 03.19.2012 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

The case marked a continuance of the debate over the Copyright Clause of the United States Constitution that was broached in the 2003 Supreme Court decision in the Eldred v. Ashcroft case.

America Vs The Public Domain

Jennifer Jenkins | Posted 03.10.2012 | Books
Jennifer Jenkins

Copyright law gives authors and publishers exclusive rights for a "limited time," to encourage them to create and distribute works. So what is entering the public domain in the U.S. this year? Not a single published work. Why should you care?

PHOTOS: Curate Your Own Art Exhibition

Posted 12.05.2011 | Arts

In an age where we can use the internet to become DJ's, composers, directors and human encyclopedias, it makes sense we should get a chance to try out...

Hold the Line: Stop Copyright Rendition!

Lewis Hyde | Posted 12.04.2011 | Home
Lewis Hyde

In 1948, Twentieth-Century Fox released the Cold War's first anticommunist film, Iron Curtain, the soundtrack of which featured music by Russian composer Dimitri Shostakovich. Shostakovich himself never saw the film.

The Genius of Free Governments

Lewis Hyde | Posted 12.03.2011 | Home
Lewis Hyde

This week the Supreme Court will hear a case concerning what ought to be called "copyright rendition." The plaintiffs are challenging a 1994 law that, for the first time in U.S. history, removed hundreds of thousands of works from the public domain.

Has the Business Card Finally Had Its Day?

Andy Miah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Andy Miah

How should we regard the business card in a digital age? For a few years now, I have been photographing business cards. but today, I decided that they should go into the public domain.

Best Places To Get Free eBooks

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Since over a year ago free eBooks have been a hot topic in the publishing market. Last week, however, The Washington Post reported that Amazon has be...

Ask GYST: Public Domain Images Get a Mark

Karen Atkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Karen Atkinson

Even with creative commons searches for images, it is not always clear if those images are copyrighted. With this new mark, we will no longer be guessing.

To Martin Scorsese, the Criterion Collection, and Anyone Else Who'll Listen: More Public Domain Classics Worth Saving

John Farr | Posted 06.24.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

It's not enough to revere the best of our film heritage -- we must work to protect and preserve it. With that in mind, I've compiled a short list of public domain titles that I'd like to see brought back to their original glory.

Google Books: Why Is The Settlement Stalled Six Years After Publishers Reach Agreement?

CNET | Tom Krazit | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

At this point, Google and the Authors Guild must feel like they are in a James Joyce novel. The Google Books case drags on with no hint of when the s...

Google To Scan 400,000 Austrian Library Books

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

VIENNA -- Austria's national library said Tuesday it has struck a 30-million-euro deal with US Internet giant Google to digitise 400,000 copyright-fre...

The Brooklyn Museum's Copyright Project

Jonathan Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jonathan Melber

The Brooklyn Museum understands that the public better served, when it allows its collection to be reproduced, remixed and disseminated in as many (non-commercial) ways as possible.

Should Internet Content Be Free? The Best Model to Save Newspapers, Books, and Music in the Digital Age

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Anis Shivani

How can we retain, even enhance, creativity in the digital age, taking advantage of near-zero costs of redistribution? Two recent books consider the question.