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The public domain : how to find & use copyright-free writings, music, art & more

Author: Stephen Fishman
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Nolo, 2006.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen Fishman
ISBN: 1413304540 9781413304541
OCLC Number: 62742677
Notes: Includes index.
Sixth ed. (2012)- cataloged as a serial in LC.
Description: 538, I/17 p. : ill., maps, music ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. Introduction to the public domain --
A. What is the public domain? --
B. Dealing with public domain gray areas --
C. What if someone challenges your public domain claim? --
D. Documenting your use of public domain materials --
E. How to use book --
2. The use and abuse of copyright --
A. What copyright protects --
B. The looting of the public domain --
3. Writings --
A. What can you do with public domain writings? --
B. Checklist for determining copyright status --
C. Is the work eligible for copyright protection? --
D. Has the work been published? --
E. Has the work's copyright expired? --
F. Is the work in the public domain due to lack of a copyright notice? --
G. Does a copyright trap apply? --
H. Misuse of copyright notices --
I. Sources of public domain writings --
4. Music --
A. The difference between music and sound recordings --
B. What can you do with public domain sheet music? --
C. Has the sheet music been published? --
D. Has the copyright in the music expired? --
E. Is the music in the public domain due to lack of a copyright notice? --
F. Is it a derivative work? --
G. Is it an arrangement or adaptation? --
H. Is the music a collective work? --
I. Does the music have public domain elements? --
J. Sources of public domain sheet music --
K. Sound recordings --
5. Art --
pt. 1. Original works of art --
A. What good is public domain art? --
B. Deciding if original art is in the public domain --
C. Has the art been published? --
D. Has the copyright in the art expired? --
E. Is the art in the public domain due to lack of a copyright notice? --
F. Is the artwork eligible for copyright protection? --
G. Do you intend to use the art in advertising or on merchandise? --
H. Is the art protected by a design patent? --
I. Sources of original art --
pt. 2. Art reproductions --
J. Is the original work of art in the public domain? --
K. Has the reproduction been published? --
L. Has the copyright in the reproduction expired? --
M. Is the reproduction in the public domain due to lack of a copyright notice? --
N. Does the reproduction lack originality? --
O. Is the reproduction dedicated to the public domain? --
P. Will you use the reproduction in advertising or on merchandise? --
Q. Are elements of the reproduction in the public domain? --
R. Sources of art reproductions --
6. Photography --
A. What good are public domain photographs? --
B. Deciding whether photographs are in the public domain --
c. Sources of public domain photographs --
7. Movies and television --
pt. 1. Films --
A What good are public domain films? --
B. Has the film been published? --
C. Has the copyright expired? --
D. Is the film in the public domain due to lack of a copyright notice? --
E. Is the film protected by copyright? --
F. Does the film contain copyrighted visual art? --
G. Do you plan to use the film for advertising or other commercial purposes? --
pt. 2. Television programs --
H. Has the television program's copyright expired? --
I. Is the television program in the public domain due to lack of a copyright notice? --
J. Is it a U.S. government TV program? --
K. Does the program contain copyrighted visual art? --
L. Will you be using public domain TV programs for advertising or other commercial purposes? --
pt. 3. Sources of public domain films and TV programs --
M. The U.S. government --
N. Film archives --
O. Commercial film and video suppliers --
8. Computer software --
A Is the software dedicated to the public domain? --
B. Was the software created by the U.S. government? --
C. Has the copyright in the software expired? --
D. Is the software in the public domain due to lack of a copyright notice? --
E. Does the copyrighted software contain public domain elements? --
F. Sources of public domain software --
9. Architecture --
A. What good is public domain architecture? --
B. Architectural plans --
C. Constructed buildings --
10. Maps --
A. Has copyright in the map expired? --
B. Is the map in the public domain due to lack of a copyright notice? --
C. Was the map created by the U.S. government? --
D. Is the map eligible for copyright protection? --
E. Are elements of the map in the public domain? --
F. Sources of public domain maps --
11. Choreography --
A. Deciding if choreography is in the public domain --
B. Sources of public domain choreography --
12. Databases and collections --
pt. 1. Databases --
A. Is the work a database? --
B. Does the database lack creativity? --
C. Was the database created by the U.S. government? --
D. Has the copyright in the database expired? --
E. Is the database in the public domain for lack of a copyright notice? --
F. Is the database protected by means other than copyright? --
pt. 2. Collections of public domain works --
G. Are the collected materials in the public domain? --
H. Does the collection lack minimal creativity? --
I. Is it a de minimis collection? --
J. Is it a U.S. government collection? --
K. Has the collection's copyright expired? --
L. Is the collection in the public domain for lack of a copyright notice? --
M. Is the collection protected by means other than copyright? --
13. Titles --
A. Titles of copyrighted works --
B. Titles of public domain works --
C. Using disclaimers to avoid public confusion --
D. Titles used on merchandise and other products --
E. The First Amendment and titles --
14. Public domain elements in copyrighted writings --
A. Ideas --
B. Facts --
C. Unprotected elements in works of fiction --
D. Unprotected elements in works of fact --
15. Copyrights restored from the public domain --
A. The GATT Agreement --
B. What works were restored? --
C. Which works were not restored? --
D. Who owns restored works? --
E. Copyright infringement of restored works --
16. The public domain outside the United States --
A. Introduction --
B. Copyright duration in other countries --
C. The rule of the shorter term --
D. Researching foreign copyright laws --
17. The Internet and the public domain --
A. Overview of the Internet --
B. Two preliminary rules --
C. Internet content in the public domain --
D. Potential problems using public domain materials on the Internet --
E. Hyperlinks and the public domain --
F. Copyright and the Internet's global dimension --
18. Copyright protection : how long does it last? --
A. Works first published in the United States --
B. Copyright term for unpublished works --
C. Works first published outside the United States --
19. Copyright notice requirements --
A. Copyright notices and the public domain --
B. Does the work lack a valid notice? --
C. Is a copyright notice required? --
D. Is the omission of a valid notice excused? --
E. What if you make a mistake? --
20. Traps for the unwary : trademark and publicity rights --
A. Should you worry about trademark or publicity problems? --
B. The right of publicity --
C. Trademarks --
21. Researching copyright office records --
A. Researching copyright renewal records for works published 1923-1963 --
B. Researching copyright registration records --
22. What if a work is not in the public domain? --
A. Find another public domain work --
B. Obtain permission to use the work --
C. Use the work without permission on the grounds of fair use --
23. Help beyond this book --
A . Doing your own legal research --
B. More information on intellectual property --
C. Working with an attorney --
Appendixes --
A. Popular songs in the public domain --
B. Roman numeral conversions --
C. Public domain documentation worksheet --
Index.
Responsibility: by Stephen Fishman.

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