Literature in the Public Domain


  • William Joseph Thomas East Carolina University


US Copyright Law has been in the news recently, especially with the implementation of the CASE Act and another round of cases to watch. Interesting high-profile copyright news include a suit over a tattoo design and another for the famous “banana taped to wall” artwork. Other noteworthy cases that may have more immediate significance to libraries include the Internet Archive seeking summary judgement over a controlled digital lending suit, and a Supreme Court review of the fair use defense for an Andy Warhol print. However, there is also continuing positive news in copyright-land because each year, more literature that librarians love is added to the public domain.