Many apparently out-of-copyright books on Google Books are open access. Others return limited sections in response to search queries. Yet others are completely inaccessible. Why?
I'm looking for great examples of old, pulpy, short stories in the public domain that, as much as possible, match these criteria: Public domain only, Sci-fi, fantasy, or adventure themed, a small cast of characters, and, bonus if they feature child protagonists (though not a necessity). I want to make either some comic books or home movies with my kids in this vein but don't want to fret about copyright. Thank you!
Can anyone recommend older short stories, which fall under fair use? The darker or spookier the better. [more inside]
I'm thinking about titles for a new project and was wondering about the word "Hobbit." I'm not familiar with copyright law here but isn't it that after a certain amount of years the work - and everything in it - goes to the public domain? Are the works of JRR Tolkien there yet?
What are the best short stories, in the public domain or otherwise up for grabs, for public performance? [more inside]
I want to create a legal document declaring in robust legalese that all of my intellectual property (except works specifically noted) shall enter the public domain upon my death and a website to host (or link to p2p copies of) archives of those works. I want the legal documents to make it easy for other people to use or adapt for themselves and ideally for the site to act as a host or tracker for them to post to. I'm seeking legal and technical advice as well as general input in order to make this happen. [more inside]
I have a video thanking funders that is scheduled to go live for National Philanthropy Day on Friday. I thought I had student composed and performed music to go with the video, but this morning I learned that I don't. Can you point me toward any on-line source for peppy, modern-ish (ie: not classical), instrumental music recordings that are free for public use?
I have a decent microphone and I like recording audio for Librivox and some language learning sites. I would like to extend this into some other areas. Either reading foreign news, blogs, covering a local issue or any type of suggestion one might have. I have some plans for starting a podcast in the future but for now I would like to commit to recording something and posting it regularly for a while. Can be as dull as the conet project or repetitious as David Lynch's weather reports. Ideally content would be public domain, creative commons, or other permissible copyright.
I'm starting a new project and am in need of public domain films (think MST3k worthy) to use. I know of archive.org already, but what are the best repositories of public domain films out there? Bonus if they include a brief explanation as to why they are believed to be in the public domain and if they have links to high-ish quality downloads.
This photo is in the public domain, as it was taken in 1914 by Eugene de Salignac (an American, so no chance of restoration). But the only places I can find it want to charge over $100 (or a thousand!) for a relatively small print. Where I can obtain a high-res version of it for free or for a small fee?
I'm looking for something akin to Rpg Maker VX Resource Planet, except with vector art. I'd like resources for public domain or CC-licensed vector art assets for use as placeholders in games. I'd prefer SVG format and paths that are as simple and small as possible, but anything convertible to SVG is cool.
I'm considering making a game that uses USPTO patent illustrations (from Context-Free Patent Art) as graphics. I've read the answers to Patents.Stackexchange: Are text and images in the patent copyrighted?, which suggests that if a graphic is not explicitly copyrighted, it can be freely reproduced. However, I have some concerns: [more inside]
A very simple question about public domain and publishing, specifically regarding the use of a poem in a book. [more inside]
Do you have any short story recommendations? Difficulty level: In the public domain. [more inside]
Help me find a public domain drawing like this one [more inside]
Where could I find very short (2-3 paragraph) interesting stories or anecdotes in the public domain that could be recorded for an informational video? [more inside]
Open Directories: Occasionally I'll come across an index.html treasure-trove. What are the best and most interesting directory indexes of public-facing (by design or by oversight) public-domain archival materials? How does one find more of them? [more inside]
Dear Metafilter: can you suggest any short stories that fit a general theme of post-apocalyptic stories, but which are out of copyright/public domain? [more inside]
When I finally take the plunge on an eBook reader I want an epic collection of public domain classic and/or important and/or utilitarian books to live on it. I'm looking for a particular sort of resource for this quest. [more inside]
I need the perfect public domain image for my Hallowe'en postcards! [more inside]
What is the best way to find out whether publications by a US state, county, or city agency are copyrighted? [more inside]
I have the pictures. I need the music. Help me find some cc or public domain music to accompany a photo montage. [more inside]
I just got dumped. Could you please recommend some public domain books to help me get through this. [more inside]
Publicdomainpoetryfilter: I'm trying to find a poem (any poem, not a specific poem) that is:
- in the public domain
- written in two "voices" or contains two perspectives
- (less important) one of the voices is prevented from doing something for some sort of reason
Public domain book club books? [more inside]
I would like links to safety videos that are public domain and/or creative commons licensed. [more inside]
I'm trying to find public domain e-books of English language teaching material that I can adapt into online courses. [more inside]
Where can I find public domain (1920s and before) Chicago newspapers online - especially with birth and marriage notices and building permit news? [more inside]
How do I go about (legally) compiling a small glossary with intent to publish? [more inside]
Can you recommend any books in translation I might want to read that are public domain? [more inside]
Where can I download public domain music? [more inside]
Do you know of a mockumentary that is legally available to watch online, or that is in the public domain (I'm in Canada)? [more inside]
16 years ago, a Congressional Task Force was set up to study a major policy issue. Six months later, its report led to far-reaching legislative changes. Despite extensive news coverage from creation to completion, the report itself is virtually inaccessible. [more inside]
What's stopping me laying out the text of these top PD books using a new PD font, designing my own covers and (occasionally) internal illustrations, and re-selling them via places like lulu.com? Just seems a good way to practice my design / layout skills and maybe turn a profit. Thoughts?
Help me find public domain pictures, videos, animations of disease states and other biological topics [more inside]
I'm looking for high-resolution cover art from Golden Age pulp science fiction magazines that's definitely in the public domain. [more inside]
Please recommend some sources where I can download classical music. [more inside]
What is the correct way to reference a song in an academic paper if it is in the public domain due to age? I'm using the words of songs written in the 1800's, but I'm not sure what my obligation is for citations, and how I would go about referencing it, as most song citations including things like specific date, recording company, etc. Thanks!
What's the best / easiest way to process / format material I've downloaded or copied from the web to read on Apple's Books app? On a Kindle? If I format for the Kindle, would the material be synced on both devices if I use the Kindle iPhone app as my reader? I've been using Calibre to rip ePubs, but there has to be an easier way than what I'm doing, which takes forever. [more inside]
Help me find vintage color Jesus art for my Tea Party Jesus blog, preferably pre-1923. [more inside]
Between my iPhone's Stanza app and the loooooong quiet days ahead of me in the office during the holiday season, I'd like to read some stuff online. Any suggestions? [more inside]
How do I prepare digitized public domain works for clean print on demand? [more inside]
question about copyright infringement regarding sesame street characters. [more inside]
Is there somewhere that has the USGS (public-domain?) topographic maps available for free download? [more inside]
Dear mefites, Is it legal to use creative commons stuff, properly licensed and attributed, on a political website that 1) expresses views that the original author might not like, and 2) raises money, such as for a candidate or a party's branch? Particularly interested in stuff that's got a non-commercial license but is okay to use for derivative works. This is in the U.K. Thanks!
Can Spoonflower or a similar company legally print me a bolt of fabric using a William Morris (1834-1896) design? [more inside]
Please give me your recommendations for great in-the-public-domain reads. [more inside]
I'd like to find some public domain photos for a book proposal on urban sprawl and smart growth. [more inside]
When were the popular lyrics to Taps written? [more inside]
I'm looking for recommendations on gpl'd or public domain card games and role playing games. Which ones are easiest to learn and the most fun?
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