Book Title:

The Public Domain: How to Find & Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More (Paperback)
by Stephen Fishman

Editorial Reviews:

Laurence Lessig, author, Code & Other Laws of Cyberspace

The constitutional guarantee of a public domain was one of the Framers’ most important gifts to our cultural tradition.

James Coates, Chicago Tribune

A superb offering showing how to avoid lawsuits by getting one’s hands on thousands of public domain songs, movies and manuscripts.

Associated Press

How do you tell the difference between what’s copyrighted and what isn’t? A good starting point is Stephen Fishman’s Public Domain.

Book Description

Need content? It’s free for the taking!

Even though for years teachers have told us otherwise, writers and artists can copy other people’s work and get away with it. How? By dipping into the public domain, where everything is free for the taking.

The Public Domain is the only book that helps you find and identify what creative works are protected by copyright – and what’s not. The book provides specific information about:

  • writings
  • music
  • art
  • photography
  • architecture
  • maps
  • choreography
  • movies and video
  • software
  • databases
  • collections

The 3rd edition is completely updated and revised, and includes information about the latest court decisions and the emergence of the “copyright commons.” The book also provides hundreds of resources to help you find public-domain works.

About the Author

Stephen Fishman received his law degree from the University of Southern California in 1979. After stints in government and private practice, he became a full-time legal writer in 1983. He has helped write and edit over a dozen reference books for attorneys. He is the author of Copyright Your Software, Web & Software Development, The Copyright Handbook, Consultant & Independent Contractor Agreements, Working for Yourself and Hiring Independent Contractors: The Employer’s Legal Guide, all published by Nolo.