This tutorial is designed to help learners further explore how copyright works and why it exists. The resources presented here are varied to provide the learner with an option to explore the topic through his or her preferred mode of learning.
Stanford University offers a great resource on Copyright Law and everything associated with it. Here is a link Stanford's main copyright resource page where you can find just about everything you'd want to know on the subject. But below is the link to their section on public domain.
Read the introduction there for a quick overview, but do spend some time looking through the other pages linked there for an overall look at public domain. Scroll down the Stanford page for these resources beginning with "A. Welcome to the Public Domain."
Source: Board of Trustees. "Chapter 8: The Public Domain." Stanford Copyright and Fair Use. Ed. Stanford University. N.p., 2010. Web. 3 Jan. 2013. .
Below you will find a link to the resource page on public domain from The University of California. The content here is not quite as in-depth as is found on the Stanford University website, but they take a slightly different approach to the content and organize it in a slightly different way. Spend some time here to further focus your understanding of public domain.
Source: "Public Domain." UC Copyright. Ed. The Regents of the U of CA. University of California, 3 May 2003. Web. 3 Jan. 2013. .
Project Gutenberg is one of the very first digital archives of free and open content. The site is created by volunteers who create electronic full text of books in public domain. Explore one of the oldest and most comprehensive digital archives of free ebooks around. See what's there. There may be something of interest for you! Also, take some time and read and explore some of the information on the Project Gutenberg about page. The project history is quite interesting.
Source: Project Gutenberg. Project Guntenberg, 27 Oct. 2012. Web. 03 Jan. 2013.
In his article, "Class of 2013: artists whose work enters the public domain on Jan 1, 2013," Cory Doctorow introduces a project from the Open Knowledge Foundation that authors this blog "dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available online" (The Public Domain Review).
This particular post on The Public Domain Review introduces some interesting authors whose work enters the public domain this year.
"Class of 2013: artists whose work enters the public domain on Jan 1, 2013" by Cory Doctorow (Click on "Class of 2013" at the bottom of the post)
Explore the whole project site:
Source: Doctorow, Cory. "Class of 2013: artists whose work enters the public domain on Jan 1, 2013." Boing Boing. N.p., 13 Dec. 2013. Web. 7 Jan. 2013. .