Public Domain

La Rochelle shop signs

License: Public Domain.<p><i>L’Orangerie</i> uses a modified version of <b>Comic Sans</b> that we can qualify as a stencil font.<p>Some pictures taken in the streets of …

Typography

Islander Bar Grille

Contributed by Jargon Scott<i><br>Photo: Jargon Scott. License: Public Domain.</i> <br>Signage on the Islander Bar & Grille, in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, United …

Typography

Trump wants Oregon logging lawsuit dismissed

Portland, OR

Public Domain Hulk explains the EU's catastrophic copyright filtering proposal

"WHAT YOU THINKING EUROPE? WANT BORING STUPID INTERNET? WANT MUSIC INDUSTRY INTERNET? WANT COPYRIGHT INTERNET? HULK SMASH CENSORSHIP. HULK SMASH …

Cory Doctorow

Operation Blade Therapy - Splinta vs DJ SCOT PROJECT ft. Public Domain (A Brads1 TXN Edit Deal)

Public Domain

2018 Kīlauea Eruption Update

Usage Information: View Usage Information Multimedia credited to NPS without any copyright symbol are public domain. Multimedia credited with a …

Kīlauea

Inventor of Compression Algorithm Fighting Google to Keep It in the Public Domain

Jared Duda claims that Google is wrongfully trying to patent his asymmetric numerical systems (ANS) compression technique.<p>Duda had wanted his …

Law

Ishtar

Illustration<p>by <b>Fae</b><br>published on 20 June 2014<p>Goddess Ishtar, Mesopotamia, Babylonian, c. 2000 BCE, Terracotta. The Phil Berg Collection, Los Angeles …

Los Angeles County

How to Use Bear Spray

Usage Information: View Usage Information Multimedia credited to NPS without any copyright symbol are public domain. Multimedia credited with a …

U.S. Law will soon Release Previously Copyrighted Works of 1923 to the Public Domain

Genealogists often use and sometimes republish information from old documents as well as old films and photographs. We have always been told that …

Public Domain

In just 7 months, the US public domain will get its first infusion since 1998

In 1998, the US Congress retroactively extended the copyright on US works, placing public domain works back into copyright and forestalling the entry …

Public Domain

Standard Ebooks Offers Public Domain Downloads That Aren’t Ugly

There are several sites offering thousands of free ebooks, but the formatting and typography is often pretty bad. Standard Ebooks is the exception.

Public Domain

Access Bail Bonds, Raleigh, NC

Contributed by Jargon Scott<i><br>Photo: Jargon Scott. License: Public Domain.</i> <br>Signage on "Access Bail Bonds", 122 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC. Photo taken …

Typography

You Can Soon Feature Work from Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, & More in Your Own Movie

The public domain grows wider with the addition of several established works from celebrated directors.If you've ever wondered why a plethora of home …

Filmmaking

ScreenCraft Public Domain Screenplay Competition

Writing a film or TV script based on a character or story in the public domain?<p>More about public domain:<p>The legal term public domain refers to works …

Intellectual Property

Here's What the Alphabet Looks Like When Converted into Baroque Palace Designs

Johann David Steingruber was a German architect and designer with over 100 buildings to his name, including many churches, town halls, school …

Architecture

The Last Carolina Parakeet and Other Endlings

On February 21, 1918, the last known Carolina parakeet died at the Cincinnati Zoo. We examine the stories of this endling and two others to see how …

Parrots

Eltz Castle - Burg Eltz

This medieval castle overlooking the Elzbach river looks just like it did hundreds of years ago.<p>One of only three castles in the region left intact …

Wikimedia

Firestone Walker Touts Beer with ‘Public Domain’ Hops - Here's Why You Should Care

Some of the trendiest hops varieties out there are actually patented.<p>Not all hops are created equal. Some are more tropical, others more piney, some …

Craft Brewing

Civil rights song 'We Shall Overcome' part of public domain

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” which has been quoted by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and was made popular by folk …

Black History

"We Shall Overcome" has overcome copyfraud and is now unambiguously public domain

A group of activist lawyers/documentarians have made a vocation of fighting copyfraudsters in the courts, first forcing Warner Chapell to relinquish …

Public Domain

'We Shall Overcome' Overcomes Bogus Copyright Claim -- Officially In The Public Domain

The same legal team that helped get the song "Happy Birthday" officially cleared into the public domain has done it again with the song "We Shall …

Public Domain

Pompeii Fishing Mosaic

Illustration<p>by <b>WolfgangRieger</b><br>published on 23 January 2018<p>This mosaic is from the "House of Menander" in Pompeii and depicts two African men fishing. …

Pompeii

The Public Domain Starts Growing Again Next Year, and It’s About Time

<i>We're taking part in</i> <i>Copyright Week</i><i>, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this</i> …

Beauty and the Beast

5 Awesome Organisations Working to Protect and Expand the Public Domain

<i>We’re taking part in</i> <i>Copyright Week</i><i>, a series of actions and discussions supporting key principles that should guide copyright policy. Every day this</i> …

Humanities

Scythian Golden Pectoral

Illustration<p>by <b>Terminator</b><br>published on 19 December 2017<p>Breast decoration of the Scythian kings of the IV century BCE. Created by Greek masters from …

Ancient History

Why Americans Missed Out on Public Domain Day (Again)

While the rest of the world celebrates free access to the creative work of people who died decades ago, Americans once again are facing a dearth of …

Humanities

Hopefully For The Last Time: The US Has Zero New Works Enter The Public Domain On January 1st

For many years now, during the first week of January, we write a post about Public Domain Day. That's the day -- January 1st -- where works that have …

Willie Nelson

2018 Is the Last Year of America's Public Domain Drought

Happy Public Domain Day to everyone except America.<p>Happy Public Domain Day, every-some of you! In New Zealand and Canada, published works by artists who died in 1967—Rene Magritte, Dorothy Parker, John Coltrane, and many others—have entered the public domain; Kiwis and Canadians can now freely …

Humanities

Happy Public Domain day! Here are the works entering the public domain in Canada and the EU, but not the USA, where the public domain is stagnant

The montage above shows works that could have entered the public domain in the US if we had the copyright term that existed until 1978 (a maximum of …

West Side Story