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Public Domain Day 2019

From the U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 8: “The Congress shall have Power…to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” [emphasis mine]

January 1, 2019 will mark the first time in 20 years that items enter the public domain in the United States (the Copyright Extension Act of 1998 added 20 years onto the copyright term of items published in the U.S). January 1st of any given year is the date that items typically fall into the public domain. This happens 70 years after the death of the author, 95 years from the date of publication, or 120 years from the date of creation – whichever comes first (see this Cornell chart for more details). That means that items published in 1923 will finally enter the public domain on January 1st, 2019.

In celebration of the release of copyrighted works into the public domain, I wanted to share a not-at-all-comprehensive list of items that will be in the public domain on January 1st. If you are a faculty member, take a look at the list and see if any of this content would be useful in the courses you teach. Public domain means access to content should be free or relatively cheap (great news for your students), and fair game for remixing and reusing (great news for you).

Film

  • Salome, Dir. Charles Bryant
  • The Pilgrim, Dir. Charlie Chaplin
  • A Woman of Paris, Dir. Charlie Chaplin
  • Circus Days, Dir. Eddie Cline
  • The Covered Wagon, Dir. James Cruze
  • The Ten Commandments, Dir. Cecil B. DeMille
  • Adam’s Rib, Dir. Cecil B. DeMille
  • Cameo Kirby, Dir. John Ford
  • The Ne’er-Do-Well, Dir. Alfred E. Green
  • Daddy, Dir. E. Mason Hopper
  • Homeward Bound, Dir. Ralph Ince
  • Scaramouche, Dir. Rex Ingram
  • The Little Napoleon, Dir. Georg Jacoby (Marlene Dietrich’s film debut)
  • Our Hospitality, Dir. Buster Keaton
  • The Balloonatic, Dir. Buster Keaton
  • The Love Nest, Dir. Buster Keaton
  • The White Sister, Dir. Henry King
  • Felix in Hollywood, Felix the Cat cartoon, Dir. Otto Messmer
  • Safety Last!, Dir. Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor
  • Why Worry?, Dir. Fred Newmeyer and Sam Taylor
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Dir. Wallace Worsley

Music – includes only the music and not specific recordings

  • “I Cried for You” by Gus Arnheim, Abe Lyman, and Arthur Freed
  • “I’m Sitting Pretty In A Pretty Little City” by Abel Baer and Lou Davis
  • “Oh Gee Oh Gosh Oh Golly I’m In Love” by Ernest Breuer, Ole Olsen, and Chick Johnson
  • “When It’s Night-Time In Italy, It’s Wednesday Over Here” by Lew Brown and James Kendis
  • “Dizzy Fingers” by Zez Confrey
  • “That Old Gang of Mine” by Ray Henderson, Billy Rose, and Mort Dixon
  • “Horsey, Keep Your Tail Up” by Walter Hirsch and Bert Kaplan
  • “I’ve Got The Yes! We Have No Bananas Blues” by Robert King and James F. Hanley
  • “Back To Croa-Jingo-Long” by Alice Lind and Pat Dunlop
  • “The Charleston” lyrics by Cecil Mack and music by James P. Johnson
  • “Kansas City Stomp” by Jelly Roll Morton
  • “Tin Roof Blues” by the New Orleans Rhythm Kings
  • “Yes! We Have No Bananas” by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn
  • “Who’s Sorry Now?” by Ted Snyder, Bert Kalmar, and Harry Ruby
  • “Octet for Wind Instruments” by Igor Stravinsky
  • “Old King Tut” by Harry Von Tilzer

Literature

  • Borges, Jorge Luis: Fervor de Buenos Aires
  • Cather, Willa: A Lost Lady
  • Catt, Carrie Chapman & Nettie Rogers Schuler: Woman Suffrage and Politics: The Inner Story of the Suffrage Movement
  • Chesterton, G.K.:
    • Francis of Assisi
    • Fancies Versus Fads
  • Christie, Agatha: The Murder on the Links
  • Churchill, Winston: The World Crisis
  • Cocteau, Jean:
    • Le Grand Ecart
    • Thomas l’imposteur
  • Conrad, Joseph: The Rover
  • Coward, Noel: London Calling!
  • cummings, e.e.: Tulips & Chimneys
  • Freud, Sigmund: The Ego and the Id
  • Frost, Robert: New Hampshire
  • Gibran, Kahlil: The Prophet
  • Grey, Zane:
    • Wanderer of the Wasteland
    • Tappan’s Burro
  • Hemingway, Ernest: Three Stories and Ten Poems
  • Huxley, Aldous: Antic Hay
  • Kipling, Rudyard: The Irish Guards in the Great War
  • Lawrence, D.H.:
    • The Captain’s Doll
    • The Ladybird
    • The Fox
    • Kangaroo
  • Le Corbusier: Towards a New Architecture
  • Lovecraft, H.P.:
    • Hypnos
    • Memory
    • The Lurking Fear
    • What the Moon Brings
  • Mansfield, Katherine: The Doves’ Nest
  • Moeller van den Bruck, Arthur: Das Dritte Reich
  • Montessori, Maria: Das Kind in der Familie
  • Montgomery, L.M.: Emily of New Moon
  • Neruda, Pablo: Crepusculario
  • O’Flaherty, Liam: Thy Neighbour’s Wife
  • Proust, Marcel: La Prisonnière, volume 5 of In Search of Lost Time (note that English translations have their own copyrights)
  • Ray, Sukumar: Abol Tabol
  • Rice, Elmer: The Adding Machine
  • Ridley, Arnold: The Ghost Train
  • Russell, Bertrand:
    • The Prospects of Industrial Civilization (with Dora Russell)
    • The ABCs of Atoms
  • Sandburg, Carl: Rootabaga Pigeons
  • Sayers, Dorothy L.: Whose Body?, the first Lord Peter Wimsey novel
  • Shaw, George Bernard: Saint Joan
  • Stevens, Wallace: Harmonium
  • Svevo, Italo: La Coscienza di Zeno
  • Tolstoy, Alexei: Aelita
  • Toomer, Jean: Cane
  • Vane, Sutton: Outward Bound
  • Wells, H.G.:
    • Men Like Gods
    • Socialism and the Scientific Motive
  • Wharton, Edith: A Son at the Front
  • Widdemer, Margaret: Graven Image
  • Williams, William Carlos:
    • Great American Novel
    • Go Go
    • Spring and All
  • Wilson, Margaret: The Able McLaughlins
  • Wodehouse, P.G.:
    • The Inimitable Jeeves
    • Leave it to Psmith
  • Woolf, Virginia:
    • Mrs. Dalloway in Bond Street
    • In the Orchard
  • Xun, Lu: Call to Arms (Na han)

Art

  • Brâncusi, Constantin: Bird in Space
  • Duchamp, Marcel: The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass)
  • Ernst, Max:
    • Pieta or Revolution by Night
    • Saint Cecilia
    • The Wavering Woman
    • Ubu Imperator
    • Of This Men Shall Know Nothing
  • Escher, M.C.: Dolphins
  • Kandinsky, Wassily:
    • Circles in a Circle
    • On White II
  • Matisse, Henri: Odalisque With Raised Arms
  • Picasso, Pablo:
    • Portrait of woman in d’hermine pass
    • Head of a woman
    • Harlequin with his hands crossed (Jacinto Salvado)
    • Kallan
    • Lovers
    • Paul, the artist’s son, ten years old
    • Olga
    • Pan’s flute
    • Portrait of Paulo, artist’s son
    • Seated woman in a chemise
    • Seated harlequin (Jacinto Salvado)
    • Seated woman with her arms folded (Sarah Murphy)
    • Woman in white
    • Standing female nude
  • Taikan, Yokoyama: Metempsychosis

Many thanks to The Atlantic and lifehacker for providing many of the resources for this list. You can also find great resources about the public domain from the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke.

Disclaimer: I tried to find a couple sources for each item listed, but please use this list with care and do your own research on publication dates.

“Yes, We’re Celebrating Open Education!” Exhibit

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In recognition of Open Education week (March 5-9), the Libraries have created a display to highlight the value of open educational resources at a time when the cost of a college education is at a premium.
“Yes, We’re Celebrating Open Education!” will be hosted at the Scholars Commons in the Perry-Castañeda Library, on view throughout the entire month of March.
Since 1977, the cost of required materials such as textbooks has increased over 1000%, more than 3 time the rate of inflation, and the average student cost of textbooks is $900 a year.
The Open Education movement seeks to reduce or eliminate escalating costs by providing access to free, quality educational materials, so that students and educators can focus on teaching and learning instead of financial impediments.
The exhibit intends to increase awareness about Open Education, Open Educational Resources and how these resources can be adopted and used in our modern and ever-changing educational system.

Happy Early Fair Use Week!

Fair Use Week starts early at UT Austin. Join us this afternoon for a discussion about fair use in the classroom. We’ll frame the discussion around classroom activities, but the principles are applicable to any fair use evaluation. We’ll also touch on other areas of copyright law that are relevant to instructors. Hope to see you there!

What: Fair Use for Instructors
When: Tuesday, Feb. 20th at 2:00pm
Where: PCL Learning Lab 2
Who: open to anyone!

Open access & creativity event

Open access gets discussed a lot as a potential solution to access issues for scholarly research articles. Copyright and open access are not discussed as frequently for creative scholarship. The UT Libraries will be hosting a panel event and hands-on workshop that aims to tackle that very issue. Please come join us!

Title: Can I Use That?: Remix and Creativity
Date: Tuesday, March 20th, 4-6PM
Where: PCL Learning Lab 1
Description: Why is it important to know the rules of copyright when using images, altering literary text, or photographing art pieces? What can be used and reused? Join us for a lively panel discussion about the creative reuse of artistic and scholarly content. Learn about the fascinating (and sometimes troubling) history of copyright and how it affects artists, writers, and scholars today. We’ll also discuss alternatives, like Creative Commons licensing and the Open Access movement and how they can be used in creative work. After the panel, you can bind your own book using Cita Press’ open access content!

Sci-Hub and LibGen in Perspective

Please join us on Wednesday, Feb. 21st at noon in PCL Learning Lab 4 to hear UT Austin iSchool graduate student, Stephen McLaughlin, speak about Sci-Hub and LibGen. There will be plenty of time for discussion, so bring your questions.

Sci-Hub and LibGen in Perspective
Over the past decade, websites offering free, unauthorized copies of books and academic articles have grown rapidly. How are they maintained and used, and what might they mean for the future of scholarly publishing?

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Happy Fair Use Week!

This week is Fair Use Week and UT Libraries is participating by hosting a Copyright & Fair Use workshop on Wednesday and by joining in the online discussion via social media.

If you want to see everything that is happening around the country this week, please see the Association of Research Libraries’ page devoted to Fair Use Week.

What is fair use?

Fair use is the limited use of copyrighted works without needing to ask permission from the copyright owner. There is a ton of nuance in that sentence and fair use requires careful consideration. While it is complicated, it’s one of the most important parts of U.S. copyright law for people who are creating new works by building upon the works of others.

Fair use is happening all around – especially if you are on a college campus.

  • A professor may use small clips from films or television shows to demonstrate or illustrate a point in class
  • A student may use quotes from other authors in order to expand upon an argument in their paper
  • University radio or TV stations may use small clips from press conferences or other events as part of their news reporting
  • An instructor may share an article or selected reading with their class
  • A PhD student may include images or figures in their dissertation
  • A student group may create a parody of a popular show or meme

If this all seems foreign to you, I encourage to come to the workshop tomorrow (Wednesday) about fair use. We’ll discuss the basics of copyright & fair use and have hands-on “is this fair use?” activities.

The Libraries also has a comprehensive resource about copyright in the U.S. There is a subsection on fair use that gives a good overview of what needs to be considered. And I highly recommend you check out the codes of best practices that the Center for Media & Social Impact has collected on their site. While these statements are not legally binding, they are a great resource for investigating fair use in different fields.

 

Top 5 Things We Tweeted This Year!

These are our top 5 tweets for 2016! Thanks for all the Twitter love, everybody!

Texas ScholarWorks @utdigitalrepo
The @utlibraries scholarly publishing site is now live! Learn about #openaccess, #opendata, #copyright and more! http://goo.gl/EM493D

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ACRL Releases Updated Scholarly Communication Toolkit http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/12559#.V_K4uLRy3x4.twitter …

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More #openaccess button-making & swag today! Come by! Thursday, Oct. 27th, from 1:00-3:00pm in the Fine Arts Library @utlibraries

Texas ScholarWorks @utdigitalrepo
@utlibraries paid 24k 4 subscription 2 Science mag. Could’ve bought a Ford Escape 4 that $! #openaccess helps keep our, & your, costs down!

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@utaustin Stop by our #openaccess Week booth at PCL from 12-2 today! button-making machines, swag, & enthusiastic librarians! @utlibraries

Carla Hayden: New Librarian Of Congress

We at Texas ScholarWorks wanted to congratulate Carla Hayden on her appointment as the new Librarian of Congress! She is not only the first women to hold the post, but the first African American. We wish her luck and we are confident that she will provide the knowledge and experience this position demands. Best wishes, Carla!

Google Books copyright case

The Google Books copyright case (Authors Guild vs Google) is finally over – more than 10 years after it started. The Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal from the authors which means the Second Circuit Court decision stands – that the Google Books digitization project was a fair use.

If you’d like to review the details of this case, here are a couple resources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Authors_Guild,_Inc._v._Google,_Inc.

https://www.eff.org/cases/authors-guild-v-google-part-ii-fair-use-proceedings