February 10, 2003
Publishers Make Lots on Public Domain Works

Waddya know. And it's big media companies too: B&N, Penguin, Bantam Dell Publishing Group and The Modern Library (of Bertelsmann).

And thanks to Sonny Bono, publishers of public domain books no longer keep track of works going into the public domain, because well, they aren't getting new titles that fall out of copyright. "The first thing you'd do in classics publishing was keep a list -- a rolling schedule of what was going into the public domain," David Ebershoff, publishing director of The Modern Library said. "That was item No. 1. Now it's not only not item No. 1; it's not an item."

Posted by Mary Hodder at February 10, 2003 08:34 AM
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Mary, you've been doing excellent work here. Bravo.

Posted by: Donna Wentworth on February 11, 2003 07:52 AM

The worst thing about this is that I wouldn't be surprised if it was other branches of these same publishers that submitted amicus briefs on the side of Disney. People still haven't realized that having a healthy public domain benefits everyone, not just Dover...

Posted by: David on February 18, 2003 03:27 AM
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