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Happy Public Domain Day 2011!

1 January 2011Today is Public Domain Day 2011. While the first day of the new year traditionally brings joy and optimism, it is also a celebration of the impressive wealth of knowledge, information and beauty that today becomes freely available to humankind -- like every year's January 1st.

Depending on national copyright laws and based on a rough "life plus seventy years" computation, some authors entering the public domain on 1st Jan 2011 include Walter Benjamin, Emma Goldman, Mikhail Bulgakov, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Paul Klee, Selma Lagerlof, Nathanael West.

To celebrate Public Domain Day 2011 several public events are planned in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Poland and elsewhere. A full list of events is available on the Public Domain Day website, along with more resources and information to raise worldwide awareness about the role of the public domain in our societies.

Please spread the word about this celebration and feel free to browse the PDD website to find greater inspiration and enjoy the creative and entrepreneurial freedom granted to everybody by the public domain. Happy Public Domain Day 2011! [01jan11]

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