Soooo, What Happens When There's No More PD Material?

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Post by SmokestackJones » August 24th, 2006, 5:53 pm

Hey there,

Yes, I know that as the years roll by more things will be released to the Public Domain, but so much as been done here so far and I'm sure, at the rate we're going, we'll hit some "dry spells" when everything up to the current date has been done.

Just something to think about.

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Post by Starlite » August 24th, 2006, 6:00 pm

There are 18,000 free books in the Project Gutenberg Online Book Catalog.
Need I say more?
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Post by Kristen » August 24th, 2006, 6:07 pm

At 250 books/year, it will take us 72 years to complete them all. So we'll let the next generation worry about the impending shortfall of PD works. :D
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Post by Gesine » August 24th, 2006, 6:24 pm

Also, the Gutenberg catalogue is nowhere near complete - more works being added all the time.
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Post by Gesine » August 24th, 2006, 6:25 pm

Oh, and another thing: we can do everything more than once! Remember we encourage multiple versions.
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Post by SmokestackJones » August 24th, 2006, 6:54 pm

Gesine wrote:Oh, and another thing: we can do everything more than once! Remember we encourage multiple versions.
Hey Gesine,

Okay, this I didn't know. How long before you "recycle" a work?

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Post by kayray » August 24th, 2006, 7:56 pm

SmokestackJones wrote:
Okay, this I didn't know. How long before you "recycle" a work?

-SJ
Anything goes on this one -- we might have two versions of a work being recorded at the very same time! It depends on the whims of our readers and book coordinators. Our two Pride and Prejudices (one solo, one collaborative) were released within, what, a month or two of each other?

We currently have two Velveteen Rabbits in the catalog, also -- one a solo, and one a mother/daughter duet. Also two Wind in the Willows; one a solo, one a regular collaboration. And I think we'll soon have two Huck Finns, unless I misremember. And of course three or more of anything is fine, too! We think it's nice to give listeners a choice of readers, anyway.
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Post by TBOL3 » August 24th, 2006, 8:40 pm

Two War of the Worlds,

AND, in 75 years, the modern books of today is what we will be reading, or books writen a decade ago.

Also, by then, Librivox, might be accepting fan made adiobooks.

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Post by kri » August 24th, 2006, 8:57 pm

TBOL3 wrote:Also, by then, Librivox, might be accepting fan made adiobooks.
Isn't that what we're doing already?? LibriVox accepts all (mostly) published books that we are legally able to do, which means public domain.

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Post by Starlite » August 25th, 2006, 3:04 am

There are currently two "Sunshine Sketches From a LIttle Town" in progress as well. One collaborative and one solo. :)
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Post by TBOL3 » August 25th, 2006, 6:01 am

kri wrote:
TBOL3 wrote:Also, by then, Librivox, might be accepting fan made adiobooks.
Isn't that what we're doing already?? LibriVox accepts all (mostly) published books that we are legally able to do, which means public domain.
None, that's not what I ment, I ment that they may be acepting fan WROTE books, that have NOT been published, but have been recorded to adio.

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Post by ZachBG » August 25th, 2006, 6:33 am

TBOL3 wrote:AND, in 75 years, the modern books of today is what we will be reading, or books writen a decade ago.
Sadly, this is probably not true. If there is not an attempt before 2020 to extend copyright protection YET AGAIN, I'll eat my hat. In fact, I'll even buy a hat especially to eat it.

One of my causes is to get copyright protection back to what it once was--28 years plus an optional renewal. Copyright is great, but the needs of the public domain are greater. (And I say this as an independent filmmaker, who has great interest in protecting his intellectual property.)

However, I have a feeling I'm preaching to the choir, here. :)

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Post by SmokestackJones » August 25th, 2006, 7:34 am

ZachBG wrote:Sadly, this is probably not true. If there is not an attempt before 2020 to extend copyright protection YET AGAIN, I'll eat my hat. In fact, I'll even buy a hat especially to eat it.
Stan: Yer hat's dry

Ollie: That reminds me - you made a statement this afternoon.

Stan: Did I?

Ollie: Um-hmm. You said that if we didn't get the deed, that you'd eat my hat.

Stan: Oh now you're taking me illiterally...

Ollie:
Nevertheless, I'm going to teach you not to make rash promises...(slams down hat) Eat the hat!


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Post by kayray » August 25th, 2006, 7:58 am

Lol, Smokestack!!!

And yes, Zach, preaching to the choir. :) But if we can help with your campaign for 28 + optional renewal, please let us know!
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Post by JWMcCalvin » October 22nd, 2006, 3:54 pm

Theoretically, by the time all pre-23 public domain works have been 'voxed--and remember, thousands of pd texts have yet to be digitized, many books that were 'frozen' under the Mickey Mou--er, copyright extension act will be 'set free.'
On the other hand, there's no guarantee that Congress won't be successfully lobbied at that time (2018, isn't it? or whenever) to extend the copyright limitation even further, perhaps even to the Jack Valenti standard of a copyright limit: "Infinity, minus one day." In any event, I agree that Libribox has years, if not decades to go before running out of material..

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