Public Domain Day is coming up again

In most of the world 1 January is the day that copyrights expire and previously monopolized content enters the public domain. The one exception is the USA, becuase every time it looks a copyright might expire Congress is bribed into adding more years.

So when was the last Public Domain Day here in the USA? I'm not sure, but I beleive it was in 1992. You see, anything created in 1964 or after will be under copyright for quite some time, and anything published before 1964 would only be in the public domain if someone forgot to file for an extension to the original 28 year term.

Pardon me for focusing on the USA, but for most of the world it's just another holiday. For Americans it's a reminder that we got screwed by Big Media.

How do you plan to celebrate the day?I haven't decided yet, myself.

Public Domain

P.S. Don't ask what "original 28 year term" means. Trust me, you'll be happier not knowing. US copyright law is incredibly complicated.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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