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A chart to evaluate what’s in the public domain
Samuelson Clinic at Berkeley has just released a very helpful handbook that lets users figure out the copyright status of a work created in the United States between 1923 and 1977.
Many important works have been created in that period. It may be difficult to tell whether they are still under copyright, or already in the public domain.
Entitled Is It in the Public Domain?, the handbook can be downloaded at no charge from Berkeley Law website (direct link to pdf file).
The guide is divided into six chapters. They cover main categories of questions that are relevant in evaluating copyright status:
- Chapter 1: Subject Matter and Thresholds
- Chapter 2: Publication Status
- Chapter 3: Date of General Publication
- Chapter 4: Notice Requirement for Generally Published Works
- Chapter 5: Registration Status of Unpublished Works
- Chapter 6: Duration and Renewal
A Master Flowchart presented below is a walk-through the chapters. Each chapter has its own detailed flowchart. Don’t hesitate to download and study the entire handbook.
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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
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by Suzanne Collins
Part 1: The Mentor
Coriolanus released the fistful of cabbage into the pot of boiling water and swore that one day it would never pass his lips again. But this was not that day. He needed to eat a large bowl of the anemic stuff, and drink every drop of broth, to prevent his stomach from growling during the reaping ceremony. It was one of a long list of precautions he took to mask the fact that his family, despite residing in the penthouse of the Capitol’s most opulent apartment building, was as poor as district scum. That at eighteen, the heir to the once-great house of Snow had nothing to live on but his wits.
His shirt for the reaping was worrying him. He had an acceptable pair of dark dress pants bought on the black market last year, but the shirt was what people looked at. Fortunately, the Academy provided the uniforms it required for daily use. For today’s ceremony, however, students were instructed to be dressed fashionably but with the solemnity the occasion dictated. Tigris had said to trust her, and he did. Only his cousin’s cleverness with a needle had saved him so far. Still, he couldn’t expect miracles.
The shirt they’d dug from the back of the wardrobe—his father’s, from better days—was stained and yellowed with age, half the buttons missing, a cigarette burn on one cuff. Too damaged to sell in even the worst of times, and this was to be his reaping shirt? This morning he had gone to her room at daybreak, only to find both his cousin and the shirt missing. Not a good sign. Had Tigris given up on the old thing and braved the black market in some last-ditch effort to find him proper clothing? And what on earth would she possess worth trading for it? Only one thing—herself—and the house of Snow had not yet fallen that far. Or was it falling now as he salted the cabbage?
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