So I clicked on my bookmarks folder, navigated to the Copyright and Public Domain subfolder and browsed through some of the most informative links:
- Copyright - From Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia
- U.S Copyright Office - Copyright Basics
- 10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained
- Public Domain - From Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia
- When Works Pass Into the Public Domain
- Public Domain Resources
- Fair Use - From Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia
- Fair Dealing - From Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia
- Creative Commons
I' ll have to reread most of the stuff in the links above to do any justice to the topic. Phew! And I am the sorts who has to read and reread stuff before I understand it.
Not that I am cribbing. The topic is very interesting and I welcome the chance to refresh my knowledge about the subject.
I also plan to share some of my favorite public domain sites (heavily loaded with fiction):
- FirstGov.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal - All of the U.S. Government websites are Public Domain and an excellent source of information about the USA (helps if you do a lot of American projects)
- American and English Literature - Online Books for Educators
- Sources for Public Domain and Free eBooks
- Project Gutenberg
- Classic Short Stories
- Page by Page Books
- The Online Books Page
- Free Online Library
I should also thank this entire exercise -- it has finally made me get a Creative Commons License for my blog (not that anyone would want to copy any of my writing). But I would like to safeguard what is my own and distribute it on my terms.
And I hope you find the links I have listed to be of some use.