by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
copyright, europe, public domain, us

The US's Public Domain Class Of 2013

from the short-list dept

Every year, we talk about how January 1st is public domain day in many parts of the world, but thanks to constant copyright term extension, the US is left waiting and waiting and waiting -- kind of like the famous play by Samuel Beckett, which entered the public domain in many places around the world in 2011, but is still covered by copyright here.

The folks at the Public Domain Review have put together a nice list (and photo!) of the "Class of 2013": content creators whose works will be going into the public domain on January 1, 2013 in large parts of the world, including the EU, Brazil, Russia and many other places. To help out, I thought I'd put together the list of content creators whose works are entering the public domain in the US in 2013:
Yeah. It looks suspiciously like last year's list. And the year before that. And before that. And so on. Oh, and also... I hate to ruin the surprise, but next year's list? Pretty much the same. Year after that? Yeah, that too. For anyone who actually understands the value of the public domain in enriching and enhancing culture, the fact that the US -- at the behest of the entertainment industry, which has often mined the public domain for its own works -- isn't just shameful, it's downright despicable. We're stifling our own culture.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Dec 2012 @ 12:37am

    Re: Destroying the public domain: taking everything, and giving you nothing in return.

    methods of funding is likely more difficult than many people believe and expect. the basis of several generations of usa-based commercial activity and to some extent, capitalizm itself is based on the idea of allocation of property and assets to companies and people who bring a product to market.

    so as technology progresses, it becomes easier to develop a product, less costly too. labels and label management is less needed, and adds less value to the sale of product itself. it's a fairly simple equation, and well, with proper technology, a product such as a music production, that used to require a full band to record, in a studio, can be recorded in someone's basement, with the final product available for sale much sooner, and easier than it was in the past!

    there's some videos online worth watching, where companies physically press vinyl music records. back then, it was a very laborious process!

    today, you just need an iphone and a copy of itunes to buy a cd, where the artists get paid... and if you don't want any money, just put the music on soundcloud or something FREE!

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