Public Domain (PD) Day: January 1, 2013
In Europe, Public Domain Day (January 1) was a day of celebration, marking the entry of many works of art and literature (including Alphonse Mucha, left) into the public domain. Unfortunately, in the United States, where a few media companies control the nation's news outlets and lawmakers, the laws on intellectual content have been manipulated so that very few works entered into the public domain in the U.S. this year. American copyright extensions do not benefit artists and creators, only the sleazy content megacorporations like Disney, Comcast, Viacom, etc. The battle over the world's cultural heritage has intensified recently, with the death of Open Information activist Aaron Swartz and the recent Supreme Court opinion in
Golan v. Holder, which allows works to be removed from the public domain. Read all about it here and here.