Wednesday, January 25, 2012

'Public domain' works could disappear

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 4:29 PM

I can reproduce this I Love Lucy photo here because its in the public domain.
  • I can reproduce this "I Love Lucy" photo here because it's in the public domain.

The U.S. Supreme Court just made America a little less free.

Let me explain. Most of you probably don't spend your time thinking about "public domain" works. But you probably use them. They're all around. Music, books, art — all once copyrighted — that are now so old that they are free for everyone to use. You don't have to worry about being sued or charged if you want to reproduce those items on the Web or on some product.

But that right could be going bye-bye. The Supreme Court has ruled that items whose copyrights have expired may be re-copyrighted.

Read more at CBS.

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