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A Grand Re-Opening of the Public Domain

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Internet Archive Headquarters

300 Funston Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94118

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Please join us on Friday, January 25, 2019 for a grand day celebrating the public domain!

Co-hosted by the Internet Archive and Creative Commons, this celebration will feature a keynote addresses by Lawrence Lessig and Cory Doctorow, lightning talks, demos, multimedia displays and more to mark the “re-opening” of the public domain in the United States. The event will take place at the Internet Archive in San Francisco.


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10am: Doors Open

10am–12:45pm: Hands-on demos, tastings, screenings and copyright advice! Check out every room for fascinating projects featuring media from the public domain.

11:45am–1:00pm: Lunch on your own in the Richmond District

1–6pm: Panels, Keynote Speakers & Lightning Talks in Great Room

6–7:30pm: Reception in the Foyer

6:15–7:30 pm: Music, silent films and dancing lessons in the Great Room


Demo and Project Stations

  • 1923 Mugshot photo booth
  • Remix the Public Domain with trash.app
  • Public Domain Temporary Tattoos
  • 1923 Tea Party--recipes from the Internet Archive
  • 1923 Book Digitization by Internet Archive
  • Queer.Archive.Work-- 1923 Edition
  • Live music by Brother Spellbinder Band, playing a set of 1920s music
  • Silent films from 1923
  • Prelinger Archives
  • Authors Alliance
  • California Digital Library Legislative Project
  • Center for the Study of the Public Domain — Tales from the Public Domain!
  • Cleveland Museum of Art — Best Practices for Open Access
  • Copyright Advice Stand, Harvard University
  • Creative Commons Search Beta
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • LightHouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired
  • Open Library
  • The Great 78 Project
  • Wikimedia Foundation — How well do you know the public domain?


Afternoon Program


1-1:15pmWelcome by Brewster Kahle, Ryan Merkley, Wendy Hanamura

1:15-2pm – Kickoff presentations by the Center for the Study of the Public Domain with Jamie Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins, Michael Wolfe

2-2:30pm – Keynote: Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School

2:30-3:30pm – Lightning talks I

  • Cheyenne Hohman, Former Director, Free Music Archive

  • Rick Prelinger, Prelinger Archives

  • Hannah Donovan, Founder & CEO, trash.app

  • Ryan Merkley, CEO, Creative Commons

  • Brewster Kahle, Founder & Digital Librarian, Internet Archive

3:30-3:45pmBREAK

3:45-4:45pmLightning talks II

  • Ben Vershbow, Director of Community Programs, Wikimedia Foundation

  • Amy Mason, Access Technology Specialist, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

  • Paul Keller, Communia Association

  • Jane Park, Director of Product and Research, Creative Commons

  • Paul Soulellis, Artist and educator, Rhode Island School of Design

4:45-5:30pmLaw and the Public Domain Panel with Pamela Samuelson, Joe Gratz, Corynne McSherry, Daniel Schacht, Jennifer Urban

5:30-6pmKeynote: Cory Doctorow, Author & Special Consultant to the EFF

6-7:30pmReception in foyer; Silent Films, 78’s DJ and Learn to Charleston in Great Room

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