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Post image for New York Public Library Releases 180,000 Images, and Invites Users to Remix Them

This week, the New York Public Library announced the release of over 180,000 public domain images available in high resolution.

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Post image for New Year, New Freedoms! Here Is the Art Entering the Public Domain in 2016

The first day of a new year means new entries into the public domain! As we do each year for Public Domain Day, here’s a look at the artists whose work is now out of copyright.

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Post image for UK Affirms that Photographs of Public Domain Art Are Fair Use

An ongoing dispute with digital cultural heritage is whether high-resolution images of artworks in the public domain have a copyright when the photograph itself is new or improved.

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Post image for Museum Sues Wikimedia for Hosting Copyrighted Photos of Its Public-Domain Artworks

On October 28 the Reiss Engelhorn Museum (REM) in Mannheim, Germany, filed a lawsuit against the Wikimedia Foundation for making high-resolution images of public domain artworks from its collection available for download.

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Post image for 22,000 Images from Leading US & UK Authors, Including Wilde & Thoreau, Released Online

Around 22,000 images from collections on 25 authors are now available through the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.

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Post image for Free at Last! Munch, Mondrian, and Kandinsky Enter the Public Domain

A new year means new entrants into the public domain for the January 1, 2015, Public Domain Day.

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Post image for This Land Is Your Land: Bringing a Windswept Space into the Public Domain

Since 2003, San Francisco-based artist Amy Balkin has worked to transfer ownership of a windswept parcel of land in California to each and every person on Earth. Or rather, to have its ownership be under no person, for perpetuity.

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Post image for Happy Public Domain Day! Here’s What’s Leaving Copyright Behind in the New Year

The start of a new year means new entries into the public domain. Today is Public Domain Day, and as we did in 2012 and 2013, we’re taking a look at the artistic additions.

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Post image for What Happens When Literature Enters the Public Domain?

“Work that fails to enter a canon — literary, historical, or otherwise — tends to languish on the dustier shelves of college libraries. Digitization allows a new generation of scholars to look at them with fresh regard.”

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Happy Public Domain Day!

by Jillian Steinhauer on January 1, 2013

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Continuing a tradition we began last year, we’d like to wish you not just Happy New Year today, but also Happy Public Domain Day!

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