Can I publish a public domain poem?
September 11, 2012 8:12 AM Subscribe
A very simple question about public domain and publishing, specifically regarding the use of a poem in a book.
posted by jonathanbell to media & arts (5 answers total)
Signals and messages seem rather mixed and unclear on this subject. I'd like to know if it's possible to reproduce a poem, specifically The Snow Man
by Wallace Stevens, at the front of a book as a sort of frontispiece. According to the Wikipedia page, the poem is in the public domain. Does this mean we can reproduce it in full in a book that will be available for commercial sale around the world? It would of course be fully cited and credited. Forgive my naivety and ignorance in advance.