Lifting the copyfraud veil from the public domain

Cornell University Library Removes All Restrictions on Use of Public Domain Reproductions. Apparently “the immediate impetus for the new policy is Cornell’s donation of more than 70,000 digitized public domain books to the Internet Archive". From the press release:

Institutional restrictions on the use of public domain work, sometimes labeled “copyfraud,” have been the subject of much scholarly criticism. The Cornell initiative goes further than many other recent attempts to open access to public domain material by removing restrictions on both commercial and non-commercial use.

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I don’t have much else to say about this except that it’s awesome. I am interested to find out more about the donation to the Internet Archive. Was Cornell sold on the publicity or the free OCRing? Something else? How else can we volunteer the energy of the internets like this for good?

15 June, 2009 • ,

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