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Old 12-25-2011, 09:08 AM   #1
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Public Domain Day

What really good reads are coming into the public domain on Jan 1 in the US? I'm looking forward to downloading all the works of Virginia Woolf and James Joyce.

http://publicdomainday.org/
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Old 12-25-2011, 10:58 AM   #2
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None. Not one thing. What makes you think that any would?
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:13 AM   #3
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It was my understanding that US Copyrights were given an extension that kept books that should have entered the public domain from doing so. Anything pre-1923 is public domain but other books wouldn't begin to enter the public domain until 95 years after publication.

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http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm

Here's a link on the page you linked to explaining why we don't get any new public domain books in the US

http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday

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Old 12-25-2011, 11:32 AM   #4
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What? I thought the copy right lasted 70 years after the author's death in the US. How is it we have to wait until 2019?
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:47 AM   #5
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Wonder if there's a list for Canada? (author's life + 50 years, and 50 from publication OR 75 from creation, whichever is shorter, for anonymous works)
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:48 AM   #6
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Actually, the Supreme Court in the US is going to hear a case on whether it was constitutional for Congress to place a public domain work, like by virginia woolf, back under copyright.

http://www.theartnewspaper.com/artic...+dispute/25161
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:28 PM   #7
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I might be wrong but I think Virginia Woolf's books are already PD in Canada, look in the MR Library a bunch of her works are there, MR' servers are here in Canada I believe so they can have more free book
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Old 12-25-2011, 12:57 PM   #8
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Wonder if there's a list for Canada? (author's life + 50 years, and 50 from publication OR 75 from creation, whichever is shorter, for anonymous works)
A list of prominent authors who died in 1961 can be found by scrolling down here:

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/years/1961.htm

I expect to see Ernest Hemingway at http://gutenberg.ca/ within months if not weeks. And a bit after that, they are likely to be seen at http://www.mobileread.com/. That is, unless something like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is passed.

If I were to download any of them, I would indeed be disrespecting my nation's copyright law.

Simon and Schuster, Hemingway's publisher, must still get a fair amount of revenue from those books. If SOPA becomes law, debates seen in these parts could become less than theoretical next year. (Although I find it hard to believe President Obama would sign it in an election year. Maybe they'll wait until 2013.)

P.S. For anyone new to these endless debates, legal changes currently being considered in the US Congress wouldn't change the copyright period. But they would potentially block US domain name servers from returning web sites used by Americans to download material copyrighted in the US, even if a foreign web site.

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Old 12-26-2011, 02:28 AM   #9
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Oh well regardless of which way it goes, if someone really wants these workson their ereaders, they should be willing to pay for them just like new stuff. Right?? If they dont become public domain would people be willing to pay or not I wonder???
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:44 AM   #10
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Simon and Schuster, Hemingway's publisher, must still get a fair amount of revenue from those books.
I'm sure that once Hemingway receives his share of that revenue he will have sufficient incentive to create more great works for everyone to enjoy!

Oh wait...
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Old 12-26-2011, 09:09 AM   #11
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(Although I find it hard to believe President Obama would sign it in an election year...)
I'm sure this issue is so low on Obama's list of things to worry about, it has dust bunnies on top of it.
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I'm sure this issue is so low on Obama's list of things to worry about, it has dust bunnies on top of it.
You gotta have you priorities straight...Not to mention campaign contributions....
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I notice Robert Baden-Powell is at the top of the list to be PD. I hadn't realized the founder of Scouting had only died in 1941.
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