A Grand Re-Opening of the Public Domain

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On January 25, 2019 Creative Commons and the Internet Archive are hosting a celebration at the Internet Archive with talks, performances, multimedia displays to mark the re-opening of the public domain in the U.S. The event will take place at the Internet Archive. It’s free and open to everyone. 

The public domain is our shared cultural commons, a near limitless trove of creativity that’s been reused, remixed, and reimagined over centuries to create new works of art and science. Content in the public domain may be reused in a limitless capacity without any intellectual property restrictions.

In the United States, 1 January 2019 marks the date at which works will resume entering the public domain. Ever since the 1998 Copyright Term Extension Act, no works have entered the public domain (well, none due to copyright expiration).

Fighting for the expansion of the commons is core to what CC cares about. And 2019 is the time to recognize and celebrate!

What this is
We’re planning on hosting an event on January 25, 2019 at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. Will bring together creative, legal, library, advocacy communities to celebrate the “re-opening” of the public domain in the US.

The goals of the event include raising public awareness about the importance of the public domain, engaging in policy & advocacy conversations, showcasing interesting and important works in the public domain, and providing an opportunity for organisational networking and sharing of projects and related work. And of course, we’ll be there to celebrate the incredible creativity that the re-opening of the public domain can provide for us all!

Hope to see you on January 25, 2019. A more detailed agenda/schedule will be published soon.