Works In The Public Domain
posted June 10, 2011 by R.h.oZ
Over the years, I have embedded various videos found in the Public Domain into the pages of this site and I thought, it would make sense to compile a list of links to these videos.
So here it is in no particular order:
What Is The Public Domain?
For those who don't know: The public domain refers to works that are not protected under the Copyright Act, either because their term of protection has expired, or because they are not considered proper subject matter for copyright protection. Works in the public domain can be used and copied by anyone without liability for infringement.
Public domain material is different from material for which the author has stated that public use is permitted (under, for example, a Creative Commons license), but which would otherwise fall under the Act.
Currently, copyright in Canada exists for the life of the author plus 50 years following death. Although, there are some exceptions, in most cases Copyright protection expires December 31 of the last calendar year of protection, in which time the works enters into the Public Domain.
What Is The Creative Commons?
For those who don't know: The Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that works to increase the amount of creativity such as cultural, educational, and scientific content which are made available in the commons. The body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.
The Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use legal tools that give everyone from individual user generated content creators to major companies and institutions a simple, standardized way to pre-clear usage rights to creative work they own the copyright to. CC licenses let people easily change their copyright terms from the default of all rights reserved to some rights reserved.
Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They apply on top of copyright, so you can modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs. The Creative Commons have collaborated with copyright experts all around the world to ensure that their licenses work globally.
Getting a Creative Commons license is easy. Visit the Creative Commons Web site at creativecommons.org, if your looking for a Creative Commons license for Canada then go to creativecommons.ca. To get a CC licenses, click License Your Work or Get License. Once you answer a few quick questions, you will get a license that clearly communicates to people what you will and won't allow them to do with your creativity. It only takes a few minutes and it's totally free.
For more information about the The Creative Commons and CC licenses go to creativecommons.org or creativecommons.ca.