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Public Domain, The: How to Find & Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More [Paperback]

Stephen Fishman J.D.
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May 7 2010 Public Domain: How to Find & Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art& More
Even though gradeschool teachers have told us otherwise for years, writers and artists can copy other people's work and get away with it. How? By dipping into the public domain, where everything is free for the taking.The first book of its kind, 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 stepbystep 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. Destined to become a classic reference guide, The Public Domain is indispensable for anyone who deals with creative works, including publishers, web developers, writers, musicians and composers, artists, librarians, photographers and filmmakers.

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" A unique guide to finding and using copyright-free material with no permission or fees necessary. “ Choice

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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 Software Development: A Legal Guide, Copyright Your Software, The Copyright Handbook, Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements, Working For Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers and Consultants, and Hiring Independent Contractors: The Employer’s Legal Guide, all published by Nolo. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This fat and informative book is a goldmine for anyone interested in public domain works, whether writings, music, art, films or just about anything else. The author, Attorney Stephen Fishman, begins with an examination of copyright laws and the public domain. After that, the book begins each of the chapters on copyrightable materials with a handy checklist for use in determining public domain status, and then launches into a discussion of how to determine the public domain status of such an item. After those useful chapters, the author examines the use of copyrighted and public domain works.
This is one of the most useful books I have ever encountered. It contains most everything you need to know in determining the public domain status of a work, and it is organized in a simple, easy-to-use format (ala the ___ for Dummies books), that is sure to inform the reader, and never lose him or her. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in whether or not something is in the public domain, and thus open to free use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly wonderful and useful book!!!! March 22 2002
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As a writer of musical theatre, I am constantly brainstorming for new ideas and thinking about what works may be in the public domain to use. Finally there is a book that removes so much of the guess work. Stephen Fishman has written a book that is very "user friendly" and incredibly helpful. He gives all the important facts, and describes how to do your own research on copyright status (to avoid those heavy fees the goverment office charges!). It is also full of interesting sidebars, mini-charts of famous public domain works, tips, advice....everything you could ask for. I find myself just picking it up to flip through for fun....and now I practically I feel like an expert on the subject! In summary, this book is a must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great NOLO publication! Aug. 9 2002
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NOLO writes legal books for the rest of us. I've used other NOLO books and gave this one a shot. I found this book to be a wonderful guide to the whole subject of public domain, from where to find it to how to use it effectively. It was also a great introduction to the history of public domain and its significance in the legal landscape of intellectual property. it's a great resourse for anyone that needs creative content for free!
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By benboy
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Highly recommended! I'm an artist and musician and I've been waiting for a book like this for years. It's like a road map that lets you figure out what stuff you can use without permission (and without having to ask a lawyer if its okay). And there is a lot of free art out there ... not just old stuff but U.S. government art, etc. It's a very sharp, well-written book with lots of interesting trivia, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very comprehensive review of the public domain April 12 2011
By Dr. Bojan Tunguz TOP 50 REVIEWER
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If you are a creative artist who would like to make use of others' prior works, or if you are looking to add content to your website, or throw a big public event, this is a book for you. Especially if you don't have the money or are otherwise loath to spend it on royalties. There is a lot of talk about public domain, especially in the age of internet when online "piracy" seems to be on the rise, and publishers, recording labels and movie studios are making the news every day with a new lawsuit against one company or another concerning the unlawful use of intellectual property. Even if you are not directly affected by this and would just like to know more what constitutes public domain, I would not be able to think of a better place to start than this book. It is extremely well written, researched and documented. Every possible scenario of what would someone want to do with public property is carefully outlined and explained. Most of the explanations are well backed with the real-life court cases. This is a great book for anyone who is even remotely interested in what constitute the public domain.
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