copyright

These 1924 Copyrighted Works Enter The Public Domain In 2020

These 1924 Copyrighted Works Enter The Public Domain In 2020

For the second year in a row, January 1 brings thousands of classic copyrighted works into the public domain. Under U.S. law, works published any time in 1924 will enter the public domain on January 1, 2020. This includes books, films, artworks, sheet music, and other concrete creative works—but unfortunately…

Millions Of Free Books Were Just Added To The Public Domain

Millions Of Free Books Were Just Added To The Public Domain

Your winter reading list just got more accessible, thanks to a project funded by the New York Public Library. Most books published in America before 1964 are in the public domain because the authors didn’t extend the copyright. And their aversion to paperwork is our gain, because many of these…

DRM Is Still Here (And It Still Sucks)

DRM Is Still Here (And It Still Sucks)

There are still countless stories about how DRM — digital rights management — continues to frustrate users who should be able to access, enjoy, and repurpose the media and content they’ve already paid for. DRM consists of access control technologies or restrictive licensing agreements that attempt to restrict the use, modification, and distribution of…