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Senate and Public Domain Pros Reach Compromise on Copyright Issues Content companies (seeking stronger protections and arguably additional profit) and digital rights groups (vouching for access) haven’t been able to find common ground on copyright law for the past decade. Current law protects older songs—in some instances—for up to 140 years. Century-long protections for these songs, in the minds of many, is too long. And, …

Senate and Public Domain Pros Reach Compromise on Copyright Issues

Content companies (seeking stronger protections and arguably additional profit) and digital rights groups (vouching for access) haven’t been able to find common ground on copyright law for the past decade. Current law protects older songs—in some instances—for up to 140 years. Century-long protections for these songs, in the minds of many, is too long. And, currently a quilted-system of laws covers song copyright from state-to-state. …

375,000 Images From the Met Are Yours to Use, Free

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s public domain policy has changed this week, making 375,000 images in the collection free to be used in any which way you can think up. Additionally, the new policy makes data about the collection available. Understanding that visiting a museum is more than gazing at a full paintings, the Met also uploaded detailed images of artworks, and even their frames. …