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A translation fund for public domain texts

**The following post is from [Jonathan Gray](http://jonathangray.org/), Community Coordinator at the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://www.okfn.org). It was originally [posted on his blog](http://jonathangray.org/2011/10/29/a-translation-fund-for-public-domain-texts/).** If a text is widely known and published more than a century and a half ago, chances are that it will be freely available on the web to read and download. Every person with […]

Dear Internet, we need better image archives

**The following guest post is by [Nina Paley](http://blog.ninapaley.com/), cartoonist and blogger. Nina is a member of the OKF’s [Working Group on the Public Domain](http://publicdomain.okfn.org/).** Dear Internet, You know what should be really easy to find online? Good quality, [Public Domain](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_domain) vintage illustrations. You know, things like this: I found this on [Flickr](http://www.flickr.com/photos/cgoulao/3174377229/in/set-72157611955732369), where someone claims […]

OutOfCopyright.eu makes Public Domain Calculators available for the entire European Union

**The following guest post is by Maarten Zeinstra from [KnowledgeLand](http://www.knowledgeland.org/). Maarten is a member of the OKF [Working Group on the Public Domain](http://wiki.okfn.org/Wg/publicdomain).** Works that have fallen into the public domain after their term of copyright protection has elapsed can be freely used by everybody. In theory that means that these works can be reused […]

The Public Domain Review has a new website!

**The following post is from [Jonathan Gray](http://jonathangray.org/), Community Coordinator at the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://www.okfn.org).** As part of our work to [open up the wealth of cultural works which have entered the public domain](http://blog.okfn.org/2011/07/06/lets-open-up-the-public-domain/), earlier this year we [launched](http://blog.okfn.org/2011/01/01/launch-of-the-public-domain-review-to-celebrate-public-domain-day-2011/) the [Public Domain Review](http://publicdomainreview.org/). Adam Green, the [Public Domain Review](http://publicdomainreview.org/)’s wonderful Editor, has been hard at work […]

Announcing… Text Camp 2011

**The following post is from James Harriman-Smith, coordinator of the OKF’s [Open Literature Working Group](http://okfn.org/groups/open-literature-working-group), and Lecteur at the ENS de Lyon.** The OKF’s first ever ‘Text Camp’ hopes to bring together many different people, all interested in the relationship between digital technologies and literature, with a strong focus on the creation of open knowledge. […]

Free! Music! Contest – fewer choices, more freedom

**The following guest post is by Christian Hufgard, chairman of [Musikpiraten](http://musik.klarmachen-zum-aendern.de/), and member of the OKF’s [Working Group on the Public Domain](http://publicdomain.okfn.org/).** The Free! Music! Contest is a contest for bands and artists releasing their songs under a creative commons license. In its third year the focus is set on enabling remixes – and freeness. […]

Help to map the public domain around the world!

**The following post is from [Jonathan Gray](http://jonathangray.org/), Community Coordinator at the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://okfn.org/).** We’re currently looking for more people to help [map copyright law in countries around the world](http://publicdomaincalculators.okfn.org/) – so we can make it easier for people to [find and reuse works which have entered the public domain](http://publicdomainworks.net/). We’re particularly keen to contact […]

The Public Domain Calculators code is now in a separate library

**The following post is from [Jonathan Gray](http://jonathangray.org/), Community Coordinator at the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://okfn.org/).** As many of you will know, the [Public Domain Calculators](http://publicdomaincalculators.okfn.org/) aim to make it easier to find out which works are in the public domain in a given jurisdiction. There are two main parts of the project: 1. [A collection of […]

Project Gutenberg adds their 40,000th free eBook!

**The following guest post is from Michael Hart, founder of [Project Gutenberg](http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page) and member of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s [Working Group on the Public Domain](http://publicdomain.okfn.org/)** It’s The Year of the eBook! Project Gutenberg, the granddaddy of all eBook libraries, announced today they have put number 40,000 of internally produced free eBooks online as of March […]