Archive for Public Domain

Daily Lit

Posted in Book Reviews, Commentary, Intellectual Property with tags , , , on September 29, 2009 by Bradley Hall

I don’t know if anyone reading this out there has heard of DailyLit or not, but it’s a website that offers books, but not in the normal fashion. You can have any book DailyLit carries emailed to you one chapter at a time.

Prices range from free to several dollars.

I’ve been looking over the free selections, most of them are classics that are in the public domain.

Currently, I’ve been reading The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene. It just came out in bookstores a few weeks ago, but DailyLit is legally offering it for free.

After reading this book, I plan on tackling all those books by Charles Dickens I should have already read.

DailyLit’s free books.
DailyLit frontpage.

Now with Zombies

Posted in Book Reviews, Commentary, Intellectual Property with tags , , , , on May 10, 2009 by Bradley Hall
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

I just obtained Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, a reworking of Jane Austen’s nearly 200 year old novel with an added zombie virus storyline. In this reworking, Elizabeth must battle the zombie hoards in addition to the romantic comedy of the original work.

This is what the public domain does for us. This is a brilliant use of the domain to create a new work from an older one, a remix, but mixed with modern popular culture.

Like it or hate it, this is quite awesome. Full review coming soon.

This page has first three chapters of the new book with zombies.

Project Gutenberg page of the full text version of the original book

Crusade against State Law monopoly

Posted in Intellectual Property with tags on September 3, 2008 by Bradley Hall

Carl Malamud doesn’t look like much, but he’s a crusader. He is fighting for your right to read and understand the law the way it was meant to be: Free.

While federal documents are typically placed in the public domain (example: The Warren Commision report or the 9/11 Commision report), state law records are another matter entirely. States make quite a bit of their revenue selling copies of laws to constituents, for example, California routinely makes a million dollars a year from such sales.

By digitizing the entirety of state laws in one place, for free, he aims to achieve one go-to location for all state laws.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20080903/NEWS/809030309/1350
http://public.resource.org/