The Public Domain: How to Find & Use Copyright-free Writings, Music, Art & More

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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. Still the only book of its kind, the 3rd edition is completely updated, covering several new copyright cases, as well as additional information about the emergence of the Copyright Commons.

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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 Web & Software Development: A Legal Guide, The Copyright Handbook, Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements, Working for Yourself, and Working With Independent Contractors, all published by Nolo.

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"A superb offering showing how to avoid lawsuits by getting one's handson thousands of public domain songs, movies and manuscripts." -- James Coates, Chicago Tribune

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

"The constitutional guarantee of a public domain was one of the Framers' most important gifts to our cultural tradition. -- Laurence Lessig, author, Code & Other Laws of Cyberspace

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