[okfn-discuss] Entering the Public Domain in 2013

Adam Green adam.green at okfn.org
Mon Nov 19 18:35:18 UTC 2012

Dear Chris,

That's fantastic, thanks so much! Regarding getting these works digitised
it would definitely be worth thinking about some kind of specific
co-ordinated effort on this - perhaps involving Wikimedia and/or Project
Gutenberg? A focused yearly drive for those works going into public domain
in jurisdictions with the 70 years and plus rule. Often its only pre-1923
works which have been done (as already in the public domain in the U.S).

All the best,


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Chris Sakkas <sanglorian at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Nov 16, 2012 at 4:52 AM
Subject: Re: [okfn-discuss] Entering the Public Domain in 2013
To: Open Knowledge Foundation discussion list <okfn-discuss at lists.okfn.org>

Hi folks,

I went through the list of writers who died in 1942 on Wikipedia and added
everyone that I think of as noteworthy (priority given to people who wrote
in English, people who were influential, people whose books are uploaded
onto the Internet Archive, people whose books had their own Wikipedia
pages). By all means add whoever else you like, but those are the criteria
that I used.

It would be great to get some more of these books digitised, OCRed and onto
Project Gutenberg - or circulated more widely. Let me know if you have any
ideas on that front.


*Chris Sakkas
**Admin of the FOSsil Bank wiki <http://fossilbank.wikidot.com/> and the Living
Libre blog <http://www.livinglibre.com> and Twitter

On 29 October 2012 21:05, Sam Leon <sam.leon at okfn.org> wrote:

> Dear All,
> Like most years we want to get together a list of interesting figures
> whose work will be entering the public domain next year (2013).
> I've booted a spreadsheet<https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al6mO9_3Hr2PdHJxTFNGSk0wWEdnY2FrMXNmSXlmU2c#gid=0> [1]
> which we can all begin populating with the authors whose published works
> will enter the public domain in the UK in 2013 (*70 years after the death
> of author*).
> We plan to feature this list on the Public Domain Review<http://publicdomainreview.org/> and
> use it as a point of reference for the collections and articles we get in
> 2013.
> All the best,
> Sam
> [1]
> https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Al6mO9_3Hr2PdHJxTFNGSk0wWEdnY2FrMXNmSXlmU2c#gid=0
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