January 1, 2019 will be the first time in twenty years that works in the United States will once again join the public domain through copyright expiration. A growing public domain means more access to works and the ability of other artists to build on what came before.
Study Reconsiders “Public Domain” In The Protection Of Traditional Knowledge – Intellectual Property Watch
A recent study has revisited the meaning of “public domain” in line with its usage in discussions on protection of traditional knowledge (TK). The study highlights that it provides a non-Eurocentric conception of “public domain” in order to recognise the customary laws and practices of indigenous and local communities (ILCs).
Throughout the 20th century, changes in copyright law led to longer periods of protection for works that had been created decades earlier, which altered a pattern of relatively brief copyright protection that dates back to the founding of the nation. This came from two separate impetuses.
In a blog post on March 17, Amitabh Bachchan expressed his outrage that Indian copyright law gives him the exclusive rights to the writings of his father, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, for a period of only 60 years after his death.
The civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome” is now in the public domain. The music publishers that copyrighted the song in the 1960s settled the lawsuit on Friday. MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: In a few minutes, we’ll meet one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The two sides in a legal dispute over whether the song “We Shall Overcome” was subject to copyright protection reached a settlement on Friday that put the civil rights anthem in the public domain, lawyers involved in the case said.