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Access to works in the public domain is an important source of human creativity and autonomy, whether in the arts, scientific research or online discourse. But what can users actually do with works without obtaining the permission of a copyright owner? Readers will be surprised to find how many different kinds of permitted usage exist around the world. This book offers a comprehensive international and comparative account of the copyright public domain. It identifies fifteen categories of public rights and gives a detailed legal explanation of each, showing how their implementation differs between jurisdictions. Through this analysis, the authors aim to restore balance to copyright policy debates, and to contribute to such debates by making practical law reform proposals. A major intervention in the field of intellectual property law and copyright, this book will appeal to lawyers, scholars and those involved in the administration of copyright law.

Reviews

'Greenleaf and Lindsay’s insightful, original and comprehensive examination of the breadth of the public domain is an exceptional achievement. A must-read for anyone concerned with copyright, creativity, and cultural heritage.'

Michael Geist - University of Ottawa

‘The seminal work on copyright’s public domain. Both comprehensive and compelling, all future scholarship must start here. A genuine tour-de-force.’

Ronan Deazley - Queen’s University Belfast

'In this thoughtful and important account, Greenleaf and Lindsay map the corners of the public domain, explore its underlying values, and chart a course for its future. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone who seeks to have a nuanced and in-depth understanding of the public domain.'

Sara Bannerman - Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance, McMaster University, Canada   

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