Monday, September 27, 2010

Public Domain 101 - Part 1 - An Introduction

Our markets, our democracy, our science, our traditions of free speech, and our art all depend more heavily on a Public Domain of freely available material than they do on the informational material that is covered by property rights. The Public Domain is not some gummy residue left behind when all the good stuff has been covered by property law. The Public Domain is the place we quarry the building blocks of our culture. It is, in fact, the majority of our culture.
- James Boyle, The Public Domain

Public Domain Day is celebrated on Jan 1st of each year.
However, because of the CTEA, there won't be any real
celebrations until 2019.
Hiya, Kiddies! It's yer Ol' Professor here with a bit of a change of pace. Back when I first started this blog, the intent was not just to do reviews and commentaries about movies in the public domain, but also to provide information about just exactly what the public domain is, why it's important, how to take advantage of this incredible resource that is available to and owned by every one of us, and the threats, challenges and changes to both copyright and the public domain in this new digital age. So, in order to get back to that original purpose, this is the first in a series of posts I'm calling simply "Public Domain 101". Now for the most part I'm going to be talking about films here, since that's my own particular area of interest, but in general what I'll be saying will apply to any creative endeavor, whether it's a film, a book, a piece of music, a work of art, or even this blog post itself.

Sunday Serial - Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe - Chapter Twelve

And so we reach the end. Finally we get to to just how Flash and his Space Soldier compatriots conquer the universe. What exactly does it means? What will be the cost? And what exactly will happen to Ming and his evil minions? Well, there's only one way to find out:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday Serial - Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe - Chapters Ten and Eleven

Ok, sorry, Kiddies that I've had to be away for a couple of weeks, but let's get caught up with Flash, shall we?

So as chapter 10 opens, we find Flash, Barin and the others on their way (finally!) to actually confront Ming and rescue his daughter, the Princess Aura who is in love with Barin. Unfortunately, Ming has detected their presence and ordered the floodgates opened. The onrushing waters threaten not only to drown our heroes but also to sweep them into a bottomless pit. That can't be good!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sunday Serial - Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe - Chapter Nine

Chapter Nine already? Wow, only three to go, and Flash hasn't even managed to conquer the planet Mongo yet. Or even free it from Ming the dictator. How's he ever going to conquer the entire universe? Well, he's certainly not going to do it with us dawdling around here, so let's get on with it, shall we?

Well, that certainly can't be good.

Until next time, Happy Treasure Hunting,
-Professor Damian
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