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Academic Collects 2.6M Copyright-Free Images on Flickr

internetarchiveAmerican academic Kalev Leetaru has been going through the Internet Archive to build a database of copyright-free photos online.

He has uploaded the collection and tagged them on Flickr. So far the collection boasts more than 2.6 million images.

BBC has the story: “The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organization. The images have been difficult to access until now. Mr Leetaru said digitisation projects had so far focused on words and ignored pictures. ‘For all these years all the libraries have been digitising their books, but they have been putting them up as PDFs or text searchable works,’ he told the BBC.”

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Wattpad Expands Creative Commons Options Enabling Fan Fiction

wattpadmobile304Digital writing community Wattpad is making it easier for writers to make their work available to be the basis of fan fiction. The social network has expanded its Creative Commons licensing option to level 4.0, which essentially means that they are giving writers more options to rework and remix the work of other writers.

Writers can participate by tagging their stories with the CC 4.0 licensing option, making their stories searchable to site visitors looking for work to expand upon. Wattpad has more than 300,000 stories which include this distinction. Sci-fi author Cory Doctorow has shared five works on Wattpad under these licenses, including Homeland and Little Brother. To help promote the launch of CC 4.0, he has made his first novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom available for other writers to rework on Wattpad.

“The biggest question facing new writers today isn’t how to protect their work; it’s how to find a readership for it,” stated Doctorow. “It makes complete sense that so many Wattpad writers are gravitating toward Creative Commons licenses: by giving others permission to share your writing, you can open doors to new audiences and new creative opportunities.”

Judge Upholds Decision, Sherlock Holmes is Public Domain

HolmesDrawingAdventuresA US court has ruled that forty-six Sherlock Holmes stories and four novels are in the public domain and are no longer subject to the copyright of Scottish writer Arthur Conan Doyle.

The ruling comes as part of a lawsuit between Doyle’s estate and Leslie S. Klinger, the author of a new original work of fiction starring Holmes called A Study in Sherlock: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon. In 2011, the estate demanded a licensing fee from his then publisher Pegasus Books who dropped the book over threats of a lawsuit and having the book blocked from major retailers. Random House later picked up the book and according to The Guardian, “paid the fees, even though Klinger thought that the Holmes stories were in the public domain.” Read more

Quentin Tarantino Sues Gawker Over Leaked Script

gawkerFilmmaker Quentin Tarantino is suing Gawker Media for copyright infringement for providing links to his latest script The Hateful Eight.

The filmmaker made headlines for saying he would not make the movie after the script was leaked. Gawker’s Defamer blog covered the news and included a link to download the script.

The Hollywood Reporter has a copy of the lawsuit: “Gawker Media has made a business of predatory journalism, violating people’s rights to make a buck,” it reads. “This time, they went too far. Rather than merely publishing a news story reporting that Plaintiff’s screenplay may have been circulating in Hollywood without his permission, Gawker Media crossed the journalistic line by promoting itself to the public as the first source to read the entire Screenplay illegally.”