Monthly Archives: December 2018

Public Domain Day advent calendar #10: The Road Away From Revolution by Woodrow Wilson

Washington, DC, where I’m going for a conference today, is the source of a lot of public domain material.   As noted in an earlier post, “works of the United States government”, regardless of their age, are not subject to copyright … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #9: Tagebücher by Theodor Herzl

“In previous years he had let the festival which for centuries had illuminated the marvel of the Maccabees with the glow of candles pass by unobserved. Now, however, he used it as an occasion to provide his children with a … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #8: Yes! We Have no Bananas by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn

1923 was a big year for novelty songs.   We’ve already noted “Barney Google”, one of the hits of the year.  On Twitter, Bill Higgins, who recalls his mother singing that song when he was young, reminded me of an even … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #7: New York Tribune (1923 issues)

In yesterday’s advent calendar post, I noted that in the 1920s, “newspapers and the comic strips that appeared in them were considered ephemeral, and copyright renewal was very rare”.  One newspaper that represents an exception to this rule is the … Continue reading

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Announcing a draft guide for identifying public domain serial content

Back in June, I announced that we had completed an inventory of all serials with active copyright renewals made through 1977, based on listings in the Copyright Office’s Catalog of Copyright Entries.  At the time, I said we’d also be … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #6: Barney Google (fox-trot) by Billy Rose and Con Conrad

“Barney Google, with the goo-goo-googly eyes, Barney Google bet his horse would win the prize. When the horses ran that day, Spark Plug ran the other way! Barney Google, with the goo-goo-googly eyes!” Several novelty songs introduced in 1923 have … Continue reading

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Public Domain Day advent calendar #5: The Federal Reporter (1923 publications) by West Publishing

In yesterday’s post, I linked to a law review article that cited a court decision as “755 F.3d 496”.  That’s a kind of citation that pops up a lot both in law review articles, and in court decisions and briefings … Continue reading

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