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What We Hope the Digital Public Library of America Will Become

Tomorrow is the official launch date for the [Digital Public Library of America](http://dp.la/) (DPLA). If you’ve been following it, you’ll know that it has the long term aim of realising “a large-scale digital public library that will make the cultural and scientific record available to all”. More specifically, Robert Darnton, Director of the Harvard University […]

Open and the “Next Great Copyright Act”

Director of the U.S. Copyright Office Maria Pallante is expected to call today for updates to U.S. copyright law. Her [brief written testimony is already available](https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/623874-pallante-032013.html) and a [longer speech given two weeks ago](https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/623865-pallante-the-next-great-copyright-act-manges.html) (titled “The Next Great Copyright Act”) provides additional flavor. Substantial changes to copyright will take years to play out in the […]

Version Variation Visualisation

In 2010, I had a [long paper](http://www.scribd.com/doc/123160767/Thirty-Times-%E2%80%98More-Fair-than-Black%E2%80%99-Othello-Re-Translation-as-Political-Re-Statement) about the history of German translations of Othello rejected by a prestigious journal. The reviewer wrote: “The Shakespeare Industry doesn’t need more information about world Shakespeare. We need navigational aids.” About the same time, David Berry [turned](http://www.thecomputationalturn.com/) me on to Digital Humanities. I got a team together ([credits](http://www.delightedbeauty.org/vvv/Home/Credits)) […]

Vice Italy interview with the editor of the Public Domain Review

**The editor of [The Public Domain Review](http://publicdomainreview.org/), Adam Green, recently gave a feature-length interview to Vice magazine Italy. You can find the original in Italian [here](http://www.vice.com/it/read/il-pubblico-dominio–il-miglior-dominio-a9n1), and an English version below!** **While there is a wealth of copyright-free material available online, The Public Domain Review is carving out a niche as strongly curated website with […]

Digital Public Library of America recommends CC0

**The following post is cross-posted from the [OpenGLAM blog](http://openglam.org/blog/).** *On the OpenGLAM blog we have [previously written](http://openglam.org/2012/05/08/digital-public-library-of-america/) about the [Digital Public Library of America](http://dp.la) (DPLA), an initiative that has the goal to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all. To achieve this goal the board of directors has […]

Communia condemns the privatisation of the Public Domain by the BnF

Last week the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) concluded [two new agreements](http://www.culturecommunication.gouv.fr/Espace-Presse/Communiques/Investissements-d-Avenir-Deux-partenariats-d-envergure-conclus-pour-la-numerisation-et-la-diffusion-des-collections-de-la-Bibliotheque-nationale-de-France-BnF) with private companies to digitze over 70.000 old books, 200.000 sound recordings and other documents belonging (either partially or as a whole) to the public domain. While these public private partnerships enable the digitization of these works they also contain 10-year exclusive agreements […]

Sita’s free: Landmark copyleft animated film is now licensed CC0

This past Friday, American cartoonist, animator, and free culture activist Nina Paley announced she was releasing her landmark animated film Sita Sings the Blues under a Creative Commons CC0 license. Sita Sings the Blues is quite possibly the most famous animated film to be released under an open license. The 82 minute film, which is an autobiographical story […]

Did Gale Cengage just liberate all of their public domain content? Sadly not…

Earlier today we received a [strange and intriguing press release](http://lists.okfn.org/pipermail/pd-discuss/2013-January/000942.html) from a certain ‘Marmaduke Robida’ claiming to be ‘Director for Public Domain Content’ at Gale Cengage’s UK premises in Andover. Said the press release: > Gale, part of Cengage Learning, is thrilled to announce that all its public domain content will be freely accessible on […]

Season’s Greetings from the Open Knowledge Foundation!

To celebrate the season our [Public Domain Review](http://publicdomainreview.org/) project has [put together a digest of festive public domain images and texts](http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/12/22/christmas-festive-bonanza-digest/) – including [a selection of Christmas diary entries](http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/12/18/diary-days-from-christmas-past/), [a pictorial history of Santa Claus](http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/12/13/a-pictorial-history-of-santa-claus/), and [a beautiful book of snowflake illustrations](http://publicdomainreview.org/2012/12/04/illustrations-of-snowflakes-1863/). From all of us at the Open Knowledge Foundation, we wish you festive […]

The Public Domain Class of 2013

This is a cross-post from The Public Domain Review, a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation. Top Row (left to right): Stefan Zweig; Bronislaw Malinowski; Francis Younghusband Middle Row (left to right): L.M. Montgomery; A.E.Waite; Edith Stein; Robert Musil Bottom Row (left to right): Grant Wood; Bruno Schulz; Franz Boas; Eric Ravilious Pictured above is […]