Monday, January 3, 2011

Public Domain Day 2011

Public Domain Day 2011 was January 1st. 
Remember that just because a work has gone into public domain it still needs to be cited properly in any new work you create.

A note from the Wikipedia article about Public domain:

According to Bernt Hugenholtz and Lucie Guibault the public domain is under pressure from the "commodification of information" as items of information that previously had little or no economic value have acquired independent economic value in the information age, such as factual data, personal data, genetic information and pure ideas. The commodification of information is taking place through intellectual property law,contract law, as well as broadcasting and telecommunications law.[31] The undermining of the public domain, and in particular limitations and exceptions to copyright by contract law is also an issue frequently raised by libraries, and library groups such as International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.

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