public domain sourcebook

Oksana Dykyj (
Thu, 20 Sep 2001 10:31:11 -0700 (PDT)

On another listserv Rick Prelinger recently recommended the following book:

Fishman, Stephen. The Public Domain: How to Find
Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More. Nolo Press, 2000. ISBN:

"I recently encountered a great how-to book for those seeking to
identify and reuse public domain works in all media. It appears to
be legally quite sound and treats fairly detailed copyright issues in
an understandable way. It isn't the usual rehashing of Copyright
Office circulars. There are great checklists for those seeking to
analyze the reusability of a work.
It's well worth recommending to all patrons and researchers who seek
further grounding in this area. I learned a great deal I didn't know. "
(Rick Prelinger, Prelinger Archives)

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