Apple purchased the iPhone.org domain name in 1999, eight years before the official introduction of the iPhone. cultofmac.com/458158/tiah…
A former Google employee bought the Google domain for $12 from Google's very own domain registrar. He owned the domain for one minute before the purchase was rescinded, and he was later offered $6006.13 due to the incident. money.cnn.com/2016/01/29/…
The copyright for Anne Franke's diary was due to expire in 2016. To prevent it from falling into public domain, in 2015 the Anne Frank foundation added her father Otto Frank as a co-author. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 1854, France bought from the UK the domains where Emperor NapolΓ©on Ist had died. It is now an enclave of French territory in the UK. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
A copy of the Tang-dynasty Chinese version of the Diamond SΕ«tra (11th May 868) is the earliest dated printed book. It is also the first known creative work with an explicit public-domain dedication, as its colophon at the end states that it was created "for universal free distribution." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dia…
The film "Charade" (1963) entered public domain as soon as it released due to an error by the distribuitor, who forgot to add the copyright symbol in the credits, voiding their rights to the film. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The famous pop song "all by myself" is attributed partially to Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninov. When Eric Carmen composed the song, he based his verse on the 2nd movement of Rachmaninov's 2nd Concerto for piano, thinking it was public domain, but it wasn't. blogs.wdav.org/2014/08/ra…
On the night that MTV launched, the opening sequence for the network featured footage of the Apollo 11 launch, simply because it was public domain and free to use. It was that opening sequence that connected MTVs image with astronauts, including the Video Music Award β€œmoon man” trophy. mtv.com/news/2924701/vma-…
'Debbie Does Dallas', one of the most famous adult film titles, is in the public domain because they didn't include copyright notice in the credits. Despite that, the Dallas Cowboys have "veto rights" over the film's distribution because of illegal use of their trademarks in the film en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Naturally occurring magnets (lodestone) are only formed when lightning strikes magnetite, an iron ore. The lightning has a strong enough magnetic field to realign the magnetic domains within the mineral. theguardian.com/news/2011…
Despite being dead for more than 130 years, the copyright for most of Emily Dickinson’s works is held Harvard University and is not in the public domain. hup.harvard.edu/rights/pe…
The Soviet Union was issued a top-level internet domain just before its 1991 collapse. The domain was never deactivated and has since become a haven for cybercriminals due to its lack of regulation. gizmodo.com/tons-of-hacke…
The first ever registered domain was symbolics.com registered in 1985. symbolics.com/
On March 15, 1985, symbolics.com became the first (and currently, since it is still registered, the oldest) registered dot-com domain of the Internet en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sym…
The Soviet union was given the .su top level domain name 15 months before its collapse. Czechoslovakia (.cs), Yugoslavia (.yu), and East Germany (.dd) were each given their own as well en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.su
In 2002 Microsoft forgot to pay to renew one of their domains and a user paid the bill so he could check his hotmail. whoapi.com/blog/5-all-tim…
The 1963 movie Charade went into public domain immediately upon release because producers omitted the word copyright and its symbol. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The U.S Armed Forces is the only military with a top-level domain, a legacy of the United States' military's role in the creation of the Internet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.mi…
There is a Top-Level Domain for the Soviet Union, (.su), and you can still purchase a domain ending in .su en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.su
80% of books published 1924-63 never had their copyrights renewed and are now in the public domain boingboing.net/2019/08/01…
The domain name ".tv" is actually the country code domain for Tuvalu, a country in Polynesia. Due to its popularity from its similarity to 'television', the Tuvalu government sought to capitalize on it and nearly 10% of its revenue comes from royalties from .tv addresses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.tv
Getty Images has repeatedly been caught selling the rights for photographs it doesn't own, including public domain images. In one incident they demanded money from a famous photographer for the use of one of her own pictures. latimes.com/business/hilt…
The song "Happy Birthday to You" is actually in the public domain and has been since since 2017. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Before 1995, anyone who wanted a domain name could register it free of charge. This changed when the National Science Foundation awarded consulting company 'Network Solutions' the ability to charge for registration. mashable.com/2014/03/10/d…
Registering an online domain before 1995 was free mashable.com/2014/03/10/d…
Unlike Santa's other reindeer, Rudolph is not in the public domain. The character was created for a U.S. department store in 1939. The original story remains under copyright, meaning the character can't be used without permission. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rud…
Even though the Soviet Union disbanded in 1991, the .su top-level domain remains in use today with over 100,000 .su domains as of July 2020. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.su
When Universal Studios purchased the rights to the original Dracula novel, it came to light that author Bram Stoker had not complied with a portion of US copyright law, placing the novel into the public domain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dra…
In 1974 the 1946 movie "It's A Wonderful Life" fell into public domain because the studio failed to renew it's copyright. As a result, it was aired a lot, which explains why it became so popular even though it flopped in theaters. The studio got rights to the movie again in 1993 blogs.loc.gov/copyright/2…
A man named Michael Kovatch sold the domain name iPhone.com to Apple in 2007 for over $1 million USD. He had owned the domain name since 1995. techcrunch.com/2007/07/03…
A single American organization called ICANN currently controls the entire internet domain system at the root. ICANN controls every single top-level domain like .com, .org, .net, .io, and they charge an $185,000 β€œevaluation fee” for new top-level domain applications. wikipedia.org/wiki/ICANN
Top-level domain names are owned and sold by countries/territories: .ly belongs to Libya, .io to the British Indian Ocean Territory, .ai to Anguilla, .tv to Tuvalu en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.ly
Porn film Debbie Does Dallas is in the public domain due to a missing copyright notice, but the Dallas Cowboys hold veto power on commercial publication of it due to unauthorized use of their cheerleaders' trademarks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Republic Pictures lost ownership of 'It's a Wonderful Life' to the public domain in 1974. However in 1993, they regained ownership of the film rights because they still had the movie rights to the original book, "The Greatest Gift", and thus the derivatives of said book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%…
Today I learned of Musopen, a non-profit org. that provides high-quality recordings of classical music in the public domain, so that anyone can use them. The project emerged as a response to the big corporations in the music industry that were burying old artists, like Beethoven and Chopin, behind copyright musopen.org/music/
The Arthur Conan Doyle Estate was extorting $5K license fees to use the characters of Holmes and Watson, despite their origins being public domain. Author and attorney Leslie Klinger sued the Estate and won, with the courts ruling all pre-1923 aspects of Holmes to be public domain and fair use. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Today I learned about Jon Postel, a researcher who in 1998 hijacked the internet to prove a point about it's poor security. Instead of being reprimanded he was appointed to run ICANN, the authority now responsible for overseeing domain naming and ensuring the internet's ongoing stability. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
Example.com isn't a 'real' domain - it's specifically set aside for the purpose of documentation examples iana.org/domains/reserved
When the Baltimore Colts tried to move to Indianapolis, the owner feared that the government would attempt to keep the team in the city by eminent domain. He secretly packed up everything in trucks in the middle of the night and was in Indiana before the government realized they were gone. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bal…
Mickey Mouse enters the public domain and loses copyright protection on 1st January 2024. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
100 square miles of LA are surrounded by a religious physical wall called an "eruv" which symbolically extends the private domain of Jewish households into public areas, permitting activities within it that are normally forbidden in public on the Sabbath, such as carrying babies. lamag.com/citythinkblog/1…
Due to a copyright issue, George Romero's film Night of the Living Dead is in the public domain, and can be downloaded for free on the internet. It is currently the most downladed film on the Internet Archive, with 3.1 million downloads. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
Mickey Mouse becomes public domain on January 1, 2024. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
Anne Frank's diary entered the public domain the same day as Hitler's Mein Kampf. And that a copyright dispute still swirls around the diary. theverge.com/2016/1/1/106…
Copyright on Mickey Mouse will expire on January 1, 2024. Batman, Superman and several Looney Tunes character will enter the public domain between 2031 and 2034. bookriot.com/2019/01/09/b…
A reporter called Josh Quittner bought the domain name for mcdonalds.com and then wrote an article on domain squatting about it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
In 2004, Microsoft sued Mike Rowe for the domain MikeRoweSoft.com - They settled for an XBox and a selection of games en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Before it was declared a public domain in 2016, Warner/Chappell has been collecting an estimated $2 million annually from people who use the "Happy Birthday" song, mainly in creative works like movies and television shows. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
The 1963 movie Charade, starring Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn, entered the public domain immediately upon release due to Universal Pictures failing to actually include the word "Copyright" (or "Β©") in the copyright notice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The most expensive domain name ever sold was www.business.com sold for a whopping 345 million USD fortunly.com/blog/the-mos…

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