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Center for the Study of the Public Domain

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The Center for the Study of the Public Domain (CSPD), part of Duke University Law School, is a pioneer among university centers examining "the contributions of the public domain to speech, culture, science, and innovation." Both casual and academic visitors to their website will find much to capture their attention. Readers may like to start with the Public Domain Day section, where they will currently find an approachable explanation of why 2019 is so important for the US public domain, links to some of the works that are now in the public domain, and a section on what could have become public domain if US copyright laws had not been changed in 1978. The CSPD also features several publications that includes two acclaimed graphic novels designed to teach readers about copyright law, as well as a 2016 casebook on intellectual property law -- all free to download. Additionally, readers may want to check out the projects section for resources engaging a variety of disciplines, and the CSPD has several multilingual resources to help citizens worldwide learn about intellectual property and the public domain. Founded in 2002, the CSPD is directed by Jennifer Jenkins, a Clinical Professor of Law at Duke Law School.
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Date of Scout Publication 2019-01-18
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2019/0118

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