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
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/
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
In the 1800s in a domain in the Philippines, feudal lords prevented peasants to celebrate festivals except for one every year. The peasants used this opportunity to mock the lords by making giant puppet versions of them. The festival is celebrated yearly since then. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hig…
In 1999, defunct online retailer eToys once went in a legal battle with Swiss art group Etoy, who were attempting to take their web domain because of the similarity. This then led to the group turning it into an elegant campaign called "Toywar", which ridiculed eToys and was successful. etoy.com/projects/toywar/
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…
Mickey Mouse enters the public domain and loses copyright protection on 1st January 2024. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The Walter Reade Organization mistakenly omitting the logo Β© when renaming George A. Romero's originally titled "Night of the Flesh Eaters" made Night of the Living Dead public domain. Thus, we'll never know how much the film made worldwide from all its unapproved showings, copies and sales. indiefilmhustle.com/night…
The most expensive domain name ever sold was www.business.com sold for a whopping 345 million USD fortunly.com/blog/the-mos…
A company once redirected all attempts to a non-registered domains to their own page, supposedly for profit. This also messed up with emails sent to non-existing domains for a while. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dom…
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…
Today I learned of Parakaryon myojinensis. A creature found only once near a hydrothermal vent south of japan, and is so unique that scientist can't agree if it's a prokaryote (bacteria, etc), an eukaryote (animals, plants, fungi, etc) or a new domain entirely. abc.net.au/science/articl…
Until the merger and assimilation with Confinity in 2000, PayPal's original domain name was x.com insider.com/elon-musk-off…
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 Lion Sleeps Tonight" is a cover of a 1939 South African song called "Mbube," recorded in Zulu by Soloman Linda & the Evening Birds. The original is now public domain, but "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," with additional lyrics in English ("In the jungle, the mighty jungle...") is under copyright. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The owner of nissan.com and nissan.net was in a 20 year legal battle against Nissan Motor for control over the domain names. After many years of lawsuits and appeals, Nissan never got control over neither domain nissan.com/Lawsuit/The_St…
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…
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…
Before 1995, anyone who wanted a domain name could register it FREE OF CHARGE. That all changed when the National Science Foundation awarded tech consulting company Network Solutions the ability to charge for registration. Domain prices began at $100 for a two-year registration. mashable.com/2014/03/10/d…
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…
The Soviet Union got an internet domain - .su - 15 months before its dissolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.su
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…
Mickey Mouse becomes public domain on January 1, 2024. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
.tv domains are actually the property of the small pacific island nation of Tuvalu, and their sale/use makes up a large portion of their governments revenue. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eco…
America's first woman mayor was elected as the result of a prank by men who felt that the field of politics was their exclusive domain kancoll.org/khq/1954/54_3…
Like all major Disney characters, Mickey Mouse is not only copyrighted but also trademarked, which lasts in perpetuity as long as it continues to be used commercially by its owner. So, whether or not a particular Disney cartoon goes into the public domain, the characters may not be used. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind will be in the Public Domain in 2020. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/202…
In the San Gabriel Valley, the city of San Marino was envisioned as the exclusive domain of the well-to-do from its inception. β€œSan Marino was formed to … control the growth and activities of the city” so that β€œproperty values will be protected by stringent zoning regulations.” latimes.com/business/real…
If local laws prevent an author from publishing their work in the public domain, they can still release it to the public for free under a WTFPL. WTFPL stands for "Do what the fuck you want to Public License." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WTF…
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…
Event storming is a system to model a computer program with multicolored sticky notes. The idea is to bring together software developers and domain experts so that they may learn from each other. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eve…
In 1984, the Maryland legislator voted to use eminent domain in order to seize ownership of the NFL's Baltimore Colts. That night, Indiana sent 14 trucks to pack up everything in the Baltimore facility, and the trucks all took different routes out of Maryland in order to evade state police. usatoday.com/story/sports…
A man has named Uzi Nissan has held the rights to Nissan.com for over 20 years despite Nissan Motors attempts to acquire the domain nissan.com/
The country of Tuvalu was unable to join the United Nations until 2000, because it did not have the $100,000 fee to join. This was until the internet, where Tuvalu sold its domain name of .tv to other companies to make most it its money. zdnet.com/article/dot-tv-…
The copyright for Peter Pan is incredibly complicated. Which includes competing laws from the U.K. and the EU; where the U.K. says a children’s hospital owns the rights for forever and the EU saying it’s already public domain. plagiarismtoday.com/2015/…
Even though the melody of "Happy Birthday to You" was created in 1893, and none of the early printed appearances of the melody and lyrics stated a copyright notice, Warner/Chappell Music managed to keep the song out of the public domain until a court ruling in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
The original owners of bomb.com put up the domain name for sale in 2002 because of medical debt. They were looking for at least $25,000 and promised that any surplus would go to the American Cancer Society. theregister.co.uk/2002/06…
The USSR had its own internet domain code, ".su", which was created in 1990 and is still in use today. Internet domain codes were also created for East Germany (".dd") and Yugoslavia (".yu"), however these are both now defunct. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.su…
The film Charade is in the public domain due to a clerical error that left "Copyright", "Copr.", or the symbol "Β©" off the film. However, the original music remains under copyright if outside of the context of the film en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 2006 Morgan Stanley filed a complaint against a cat named Meow over a domain name the cat owned. adrforum.com/domaindecisi…
The personality domain of "Openness to Experience" (which includes openness to new ideas, tolerance of different ways of life, and appreciation of art and music) is strongly associated with higher levels of intelligence citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/vie…
The most expensive domain name ever sold was Cars.com valued at $872 million. godaddy.com/garage/the-to…
Universal Pictures failed to include a (c) in the credits of the 1963 Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn movie 'Charade'. As a result the film entered the public domain upon release in theaters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In the United States, copyright in a personal creation creation lasts the life of the author plus 75 years. In corporate works, the term is a flat 95 years. After that term expires, the work passes into the public domain. copyright.gov/title17/92c…
Most people born after 1998 will likely never see any copyrighted works made during their life enter the Public Domain. The term for US works is 95 years after publish date. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
The highest price ever paid for a domain name was $49.7M for CarInsurance.com. The second-highest was $39.6M for Insurance.com. godaddy.com/garage/the-to…
While Mary Shelley's novel is public domain, the popular image of Frankenstein's monster is copyrighted by Universal Studios. Shelley's 1816 book, "Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus," barely described the monster, so Universal came up with the iconic flat top, forehead and neck bolts. plagiarismtoday.com/2011/…
Today I learned about Walpack, New Jersey, a town taken from residents through eminent domain to build a dam and create a 37-mile-long lake. The project was canceled due to mismanagement by the federal government. Today, only 8 people live in this large ghost town in the U.S.'s most densely populated state. northjersey.com/story/new…
Despite losing an 1896 eminent domain case in the US Supreme Court, the battlefield tourist trolley between Gettysburg and Round Top operated over the Gettysburg National Military Park for 20 more years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
"Happy Birthday" is now in the Public Domain for the EU and the US en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hap…
Microsoft gave the domain Bob.com to a guy named Bob in exchange for Windows2000.com theregister.co.uk/1999/11…
The .tv domain is owned by Tuvalu: the fourth smallest country in the world. Leasing out the domain is one of the main sources of revenue for the country of approximately 11,000 inhabitants. nationsonline.org/oneworl…
Approximately 5% of Tuvalu's GDP each year comes from renting their domain suffix ".tv" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.tv
β€œHappy Birthday” is now in the Public Domain after Time Warner was sued in 2016 arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
In 2002 Microsoft forgot to pay to renew one of their domains and a random guy paid the bill so he could check his hotmail. cnet.com/news/good-samari…
On January 1 2019, all works published in 1923 enter the public domain. This is the first public domain entrance of copyrighted material in 20 years. lifehacker.com/these-1923…
The people who falsely claimed the copyright on "Happy Birthday to You" made $2m USD a year for decades until a court ruled the song to be public domain in 2016 techdirt.com/articles/201…
Linkin Park were due to be called Lincoln Park ( a park in Los Angeles, CA near where they rehearsed), but the domain www.lincolnpark.com was too expensive. They shorted it to 'Linkin' so the band would appear right next to Limp Bizkit at record stores. 8notes.com/biographies/li…
In 1987 Jamie Lee Curtis invented and patented a diaper modification, a moisture proof pocket containing wipes for easy access. She refused to allow it to be marketed until companies started selling biodegradable diapers, the patent expired in 2007 and is now in the public domain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Saudi Binladin Group (owned by the Bin Ladenfamily)’s Internet domain name saudi-binladin-group.com, was registered on September 11, 2000, for one year, expiring on the same day as the September 11, 2001 attacks. wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_…
The Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA) of 1998 expires on New Years Day, 2019, finally allowing works to become part of public domain, starting with works published in 1923. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
The domain name ".tv" is the domain representing the country of Tuvalu. In 1998, Tuvalu signed a contract for the exclusive marketing rights for the domain name, allowing it to finally raise enough money to join the United Nations. news.com.au/technology/th…
The red "As Seen On TV" logo and phrase is now in the public domain and can be used on packaging or used in business with no fee and without trademark infringement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As_…
Marc Benioff gave the App Store trademark and domain to Steve Jobs as a gift "thanking him for his sage advice in 2003." engadget.com/2011/08/26/s…
, All By Myself by Eric Carmen (most famously covered by Celine Dion) is based on a piano concerto by Rachmaninoff. When listening to the the concerto you can hear it is almost identical with the verse of All By Myself. Carmen thought the music was copyright free as it was in the public domain. youtube.com/watch?v=75b0y…
Restaurants sing you their version of a birthday song instead of "happy birthday" because prior to it becomming public domain in 2016, it would have been illegal to use it without paying royalties to the songs owner. studentorgs.kentlaw.iit.e…
Popeye is scheduled to enter the public domain on January 1st 2025 ipwatchdog.com/2009/01/05…
Scientists recently discovered giant viruses (as big as 1 ΞΌm in length), named Pandoraviruses. Because more than 93% of their genes resemble nothing known and their origin cannot be traced back to any known cellular lineage, scientists suggest the existence of a 4th domain of life sci-news.com/biologynews/…
Due to the circumstances under which Marvel Comics acquired him, Namor the Sub-Mariner is technically a public domain character. All stories featuring him and all other characters and plot elements appearing in them are, however, still under copyright herogoggles.com/copyright…
The domain "MartinLutherKing.org" is owned by the white supremacist group Stormfront huffingtonpost.com/keith-…
Two of the first ever books featuring Hercule Poirot - "The Mysterious Affair At Styles" and "Murder On The Links" - are now in the public domain and can be read for free online. cheatsheet.com/entertainm…
The bowling alley featured in The Big Lebowski was seized via eminent domain, torn down, and turned into an elementary school articles.latimes.com/2002…
In 1982, Universal Studios sued Nintendo on the grounds that Donkey Kong was an exact copy of Universal-alleged owned King Kong. The judge ruled that Universal acted in bad faith by threatening Nintendo's licensees and it had no right over King Kong due to being in public domain. youtube.com/watch?v=JeKYP…
The Constitution of Nepal lays down specific mathematical equations and a 24-point guide on the design of it's national flag. These guidelines are often disregarded, and hence the flag had been depicted incorrectly several times in the public domain, including the 2016 Summer Olympics. crwflags.com/fotw/flags/n…
The band Linkin Park wanted to be called Lincoln Park, but it was easier to get the domain linkinpark.com en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
The film 'It's a Wonderful Life' was considered a box office failure upon release in 1946. A clerical error placed the film in the public domain in 1974 causing many local TV networks to play the film for free, popularising it as a Christmas classic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It'…
Angry New Hampshites tried to use eminent domain to build a hotel on U.S. Supreme Court Justice Souter's childhood home, purely out of spite for his support of eminent domain. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
Coca-Cola owns 61 variants on the domain Ahh.com, including one with 61 Hs geek.com/news/coca-cola-o…
Batman, Superman, The Hobbit, Mickey Mouse & King Kong Will All Be In The Public Domain By 2035 copylaw.com/new_articles/…
The birthday song went into the public domain in 2016 - 14 years before it was supposed to - causing Warner/Chappell to pay 14 million dollars to those who paid the licensing fees in the past. cbsnews.com/news/happy-bi…
In New Zealand and Canada the works of Otis Redding, Woody Guthrie, and John Coltrane are now in the public domain law.duke.edu/cspd/publicd…
Writer Roger Cadenhead registered the domain name benedictxvi.com several weeks before the name was chosen by Pope Benedict XVI. He said that he would give it to the Vatican in exchange for a mitre and "complete absolution, no questions asked, for the third week of March 1987". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
The title of Emperor of Austria also included the title of King of Jerusalem, even in the Austrian Empire's final years, despite the region not falling under Austria's domain. This was a result of the crusades many centuries earlier. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
The Soviet Union ".su" domain code is still active today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.su
In 1914 Daniel Hess refused to sell the last bit of his property to the city of New York after the rest his property had been seized via eminent domain, and today it remains on the sidewalk with a tile that reads "Property of the Hess Estate Which Has Never Been Dedicated For Public Purposes" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hes…
Disney successfully lobbied Congress to extend the length of copyright protection in order to prevent Mickey Mouse from entering the public domain. The law was later referred to as the Mickey Mouse Protection Act en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/C…
The domain extension .tv was intended to used by the country of Tuvalu (population 11k), but is now one of the government's primary sources of revenue en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuv…
"The problem of free will" is the puzzle of reconciling 'free will' with a deterministic universe, since no physical event has a cause outside the physical domain, and with physical determinism, the future is determined entirely by preceding events (cause and effect). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
, a small triangle in NYC about 27x25x27 inches was not accounted for in an eminent domain seizure in 1914. The owner installed a small mosaic which said "PROPERTY OF THE HESS ESTATE WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN DEDICATED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES." It is still there today. gothamist.com/2015/04/09/…
In 2015 Warner / Chappel settled out of court over the copyright of "Happy Birthday" and finally put the song in the public domain after decades of enforcing its alleged copyright to receive millions of dollars every year reuters.com/article/us-wa…
The Soviet Union lasted long enough to be given it's own internet domain name, .su, which it received only 15 months before dissolving en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.su
New Jersey once tried to use eminent domain on an elderly woman's home and transfer it to Donald Trump so that he could build a limousine parking lot there. They later lost in court. ij.org/casino-reinvestmen…
The copyright duration of composed music is the same as for books, paintings and other literary and artistic works: the author's lifetime + 70 years. Therefore, the musical compositions of old masters like Beethoven (1770 – 1827) are all in the public domain and you can freely use them. copyrightuser.org/create/…
According to UK Copyright Law, George Orwell's 1984 will enter public domain in 2020. copyrightservice.co.uk/co…
The first entity to register an internet domain name on Jan 1, 1985 was DARPA (The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). They registered for .net, .org, .gov, .edu, .mil, and .arpa. oldest.org/technology/int…

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