public domain

Why the public domain matters

digital content
[The public domain] is the basis of our self-understanding as expressed by our shared knowledge and culture. It is the raw material from which new...Read more

The Supreme Court's Golan decision gives short shrift to the public domain

The Supreme Court's Golan decision gives short shrift to the public domain
In a decision that favored the 1% (copyright owners) over the 99% (consumers and the public domain), the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that...Read more

Poll: How long should copyrights last?

After you vote, chime in on the comments with your thoughts on copyrights and why you voted the way you did.Read more

How long should a copyright term last before a published work becomes public domain?

After you vote, chime in on the comments with your thoughts on copyrights and why you voted the way you did.Read more

Golan v. Holder: The future of fair use in education

When it considers Golan v. Holder in the coming months, the United States Supreme Court could potentially put an end to a decade-long copyright...Read more

Creative Commons plaintext licenses and using CC0 for software

Creative Commons posted two pieces to their blog today regarding their licenses, and in particular, CC0, the Creative Commons public domain notice...Read more

Transparency in energy usage

I'm pretty passionate about renewable energy. After I read Thomas L. Friedman's " Hot, Flat, and Crowded " I was sold on higher prices for gas and...Read more

Open*Life: 2010 in review

What a great year on the Open*Life channel here at opensource.com. We had more than 150 posts covering how open source touches our lives. This is our...Read more