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How close can I get to Borges on Project Gutenberg?

I like what I've read of Borges so far. I was browsing Project Gutenberg and wondering if there are any authors of a similar cant who can be found there. I like reading old books. Thanks.
posted by circular on Nov 4, 2016 - 11 answers

Public domain film with buildings exploding in a city?

Looking for public domain shot of a building (multiple buildings okay) in a city exploding as if from a bomb. I just need snippets that are seconds long, so if it's a case of "hit by a space ray but could be trimmed to leave out the space ray," that would also be great. [more inside]
posted by LadyStardust on Aug 2, 2016 - 6 answers

Public domain songs

What are the best songs published before 1923? [more inside]
posted by lewedswiver on Aug 18, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me a find a public domain version of "Rub a dub dub"

I am guessing there many recorded versions of the traditional nursery rhyme "Rub a dub dub / Three men in a tub" out there in the wild. The question is, are there any older versions that are part of the public domain and could be used in a song without worries of copyright? Even hints about where to start looking would be appreciated! [more inside]
posted by jeremias on Aug 15, 2015 - 11 answers

How does Google Books decide which books are open access?

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?
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 15, 2014 - 7 answers

Best public domain pulp short stories?

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!
posted by Mikey51 on Sep 18, 2014 - 4 answers

Short stories and fair use

Can anyone recommend older short stories, which fall under fair use? The darker or spookier the better. [more inside]
posted by demonstartivepapadonous on May 12, 2014 - 16 answers

Is the word "Hobbit" in the public domain yet?

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?
posted by rileyray3000 on May 6, 2014 - 14 answers

Best public-domain short stories for public performance/reading?

What are the best short stories, in the public domain or otherwise up for grabs, for public performance? [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Jan 29, 2014 - 8 answers

Advice for drafting a legal will to release my IP into the public domain

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]
posted by metaphorever on Jan 7, 2014 - 11 answers

Opensource Music?

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?
posted by anastasiav on Nov 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Requesting ideas for a voice audio recording project.

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.
posted by andendau on Jul 7, 2013 - 3 answers

What are the best online resources for public domain films?

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.
posted by inturnaround on Jun 25, 2013 - 2 answers

Where can I get a high-res file of this public domain image?

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?
posted by benbenson on May 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Resources for public domain/CC vector art

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.
posted by ignignokt on Mar 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Using patent illustrations as game art - copyright issues?

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]
posted by Zarkonnen on Feb 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Can I publish a public domain poem?

A very simple question about public domain and publishing, specifically regarding the use of a poem in a book. [more inside]
posted by jonathanbell on Sep 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Something old, something new

Do you have any short story recommendations? Difficulty level: In the public domain. [more inside]
posted by tooloudinhere on Aug 20, 2012 - 26 answers

How to find a public domain image that's similar to a copyrighted piece?

Help me find a public domain drawing like this one [more inside]
posted by morninj on Jul 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Where do I find very short, interesting stories: no strings attatched?

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]
posted by mimo on Feb 27, 2012 - 3 answers

index.html: the internet's best directory browsing resources and how to find them.

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]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Feb 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Out of copyright post-apocalyptic stories

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]
posted by reynir on Jan 22, 2012 - 6 answers

The 5,000 Foot Bookshelf - Curated lists and collections of important texts

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]
posted by nanojath on Jan 9, 2012 - 9 answers

Bats and pumpkins and skellingtons, oh my!

I need the perfect public domain image for my Hallowe'en postcards! [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Sep 19, 2011 - 8 answers

How can I find out whether I can reuse city or county publications?

What is the best way to find out whether publications by a US state, county, or city agency are copyrighted? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 28, 2011 - 3 answers

Slideshow in search of background music

I have the pictures. I need the music. Help me find some cc or public domain music to accompany a photo montage. [more inside]
posted by newrambler on Jul 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Book recommendations for a breakup

I just got dumped. Could you please recommend some public domain books to help me get through this. [more inside]
posted by willie11 on Jul 11, 2011 - 23 answers

Public domain poem with two speakers/pov

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
[more inside]
posted by audiodidactic on Jul 10, 2011 - 8 answers

Short, free books for a book club

Public domain book club books? [more inside]
posted by bq on Jun 21, 2011 - 29 answers

Public Domain or CC-licensed safety videos?

I would like links to safety videos that are public domain and/or creative commons licensed. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on May 25, 2011 - 2 answers

Orbus sensualim pictus for the modern language learner

I'm trying to find public domain e-books of English language teaching material that I can adapt into online courses. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on May 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Where can I find public domain Chicago news?

Where can I find public domain (1920s and before) Chicago newspapers online - especially with birth and marriage notices and building permit news? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Apr 7, 2011 - 9 answers

"What's a cubit?!"

How do I go about (legally) compiling a small glossary with intent to publish? [more inside]
posted by usonian on Mar 22, 2011 - 5 answers

Readable public domain books translated to English

Can you recommend any books in translation I might want to read that are public domain? [more inside]
posted by calico on Mar 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Downloading public domain music?

Where can I download public domain music? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Mar 17, 2011 - 5 answers

Need a rockin' mock doc

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]
posted by Cuke on Mar 16, 2011 - 6 answers

Why is it so hard to find a copy of this Congressional report?

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]
posted by anigbrowl on Mar 7, 2011 - 9 answers

Question on re-publishing Public Domain books.

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?
posted by gonzo_ID on Jan 29, 2011 - 10 answers

Sparkly object pictures of biology--for free?

Help me find public domain pictures, videos, animations of disease states and other biological topics [more inside]
posted by Wolfster on Dec 14, 2010 - 3 answers


I'm looking for high-resolution cover art from Golden Age pulp science fiction magazines that's definitely in the public domain. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Dec 5, 2010 - 3 answers

Sources for public domain music

Please recommend some sources where I can download classical music. [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Nov 21, 2010 - 4 answers

Citing Old Songs in the Public Domain

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!
posted by SpacemanStix on Nov 15, 2010 - 6 answers

It's on the web, but I want it in my pocket. Sort of as a book.

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]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Oct 12, 2010 - 15 answers

Public Domain Jesus

Help me find vintage color Jesus art for my Tea Party Jesus blog, preferably pre-1923. [more inside]
posted by EarBucket on Jul 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Lookin' for words in all the wrong places

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]
posted by Madamina on Nov 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Now that we've put the books online, how do we get them back onto paper?

How do I prepare digitized public domain works for clean print on demand? [more inside]
posted by yamel on Sep 18, 2009 - 2 answers

can we get to sesame street?

question about copyright infringement regarding sesame street characters. [more inside]
posted by cvilleluke on Jul 7, 2009 - 15 answers

Public domain topographic maps?

Is there somewhere that has the USGS (public-domain?) topographic maps available for free download? [more inside]
posted by ConstantineXVI on Jun 30, 2009 - 9 answers

Using Creative Commons licensed works on a political website?

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!
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2009 - 6 answers

Useful, beautiful, and legal

Can Spoonflower or a similar company legally print me a bolt of fabric using a William Morris (1834-1896) design? [more inside]
posted by notquitemaryann on Jan 7, 2009 - 9 answers

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