Maps, posters, manuscripts, sheet music, drawings, photographs, letters, ancient texts: Thousands of items in the public domain are now offered as high-resolution downloads. No library card necessary.
Always a hit (and legal to sing) at private parties, “Happy Birthday To You” can now be used in films and sung at restaurant chains royalty-free.
“Happy Birthday to You” is sung everywhere, but because it’s copyrighted, it’s rarely heard on TV or in movies. A filmmaker has filed a lawsuit seeking to make the song part of the public domain.