Daniel Benjamin Miller

Info for New Editions of Public Domain Works

Original Content

This site contains many files that are primarily, if not entirely, based on prior works (e.g., sheet music engravings of pieces by various composers, or typesets of books by various writers). All such prior works are in the public domain in Canada, where this site is served; it is possible that the laws of your jurisdiction may differ, although in many cases, the works are old enough that they are free of copyright globally (e.g., Mozart’s compositions). While it is my personal belief that these new editions are insuffiently original to qualify for copyright in Canada and “slavish copies” of the originals according to U.S. law (see Bridgeman Art Library v. Corel Corp., 36 F. Supp. 2d 191 (S.D.N.Y. 1999)), in certain other countries, where the “sweat of the brow” doctrine applies, my work on these new editions results in the creation of a new copyright. Additionally, notwithstanding my personal views, U.S. law may view my editions as containing original and copyrightable material. In some jurisdictions, this may not be possible; where this is the case, all such work previously aforementioned as having been dedicated to the Public Domain is made available under the Creative Commons Zero dedication or licence, and may be used without restriction.

Attribution and Endorsement

It is not legally required that you attribute any content on this site to me, although it would be appreciated if you were to cite me by name (Daniel Benjamin Miller) or link back to my site if possible. You are free to attach whatever attribution requirements you wish to any adaptation of work published on this website, but labelling the original work as yours constitutes copyfraud. For more information on copyfraud, see Wikipedia and this paper by Jason Mazzone, published by the New York University Law Review. Additionally, claiming work originally published on this website as your own in an academic or public context constitutes plagiarism; permission to redistribute does not equal latitude to avoid citation. Use of work published on this website does not constitute my endorsement of such use. Depending on the laws of your jurisdiction, falsely claiming or implying such endorsement may carry legal penalties.