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Working Group Stories: Public Domain, Open Sustainability, Open Education

Working Groups Stories, a blog series we started back in May, is our way of showcasing the incredible work being done in all different domains across the Open Knowledge Foundation Network. Working groups are domain-specific groups, promoting, defining and producing open knowledge in everything from Archaeology to Shakespeare. Public Domain Working Group The Public Domain […]

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 […]

The Myth of European Term of Protection Harmonisation

**This blog post is based on Christina’s paper, [“The Myth of European Term Harmonisation – 27 Public Domains for 27 Member States”](http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2145862). This is a shortened version of the post – the full version is available on the [OpenGLAM blog](http://openglam.org/2012/11/21/the-myth-of-european-term-of-protection-harmonisation/).** Copyright is supposed to be a temporary right: once it has expired, works automatically fall […]

All Things Come To Those Who Wait

[‘All Things Come To Those Who Wait’](http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/all_things_come_to_those_who_wait) is an older version of the more common proverb [‘Good Things Come To Those Who Wait’](http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/good_things_come_to_those_who_wait). When the [poor fellow waiting in the picture above](http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cruikshank_Admiralty_Waiting_Room.jpg) was published, copyright in printed matter in the UK [expired at the same time the author did](http://www.copyrighthistory.org/cgi-bin/kleioc/0010/exec/ausgabe/%22uk_1814%22). By 1842 copyright [outlived the author […]

Open Book Publishers releases “The Digital Public Domain”

[Open Book Publishers](http://www.openbookpublishers.com/) is the first UK academic publisher to have made all its books freely available online, publishing peer-reviewed research in subjects across the Humanities and Social Sciences. They are “committed to the idea that high quality scholarship should be available to readers everywhere regardless of their income or access to university libraries”. This […]

Open Plaques: Community Powered Heritage

**This is a shortened version of a post from the [OpenGLAM blog](http://openglam.org/), where you can keep up-to-date with goings-on around open data in heritage and arts.** Historical plaques by their very nature are objects in the public domain, so creating a platform to collect them with the public – and for the collected data to […]

The Year in (Public Domain) Review

**Last month, the glorious [Public Domain Review](http://publicdomainreview.org/) celebrated its first birthday.** The Public Domain Review aspires to become a bounteous gateway into the whopping plenitude that is the public domain, helping our readers to explore this rich terrain by surfacing unusual and obscure works, and offering fresh reflections and unfamiliar angles on material which is […]

Ideas for OpenPhilosophy.org

**The following post is from [Jonathan Gray](http://jonathangray.org/), Community Coordinator at the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://www.okfn.org). It is [cross-posted from jonathangray.org](http://jonathangray.org/2011/11/04/ideas-for-openphilosophy-org/).** For several years I’ve been meaning to start OpenPhilosophy.org, which would be a collection of open resources related to philosophy for use in teaching and research. There would be a focus on the history of philosophy, […]

Public Domain Day: January 1st 2012

**The following guest post is by Juan Carlos de Martin, from the the Politecnico of Torino, Italy, one of the organisers of the annual [Public Domain Day](http://www.publicdomainday.org/) of which the OKF is a proud supporter.** Every January a growing number of people throughout the world gather to celebrate the new year. But not for the […]