Monday, January 12, 2009

Valentine Idea Number 2

A few years ago, I made a small collection of cards that I sent out, using definitions out of our dictionary published in 1927 (yes, it is pretty cool, and yes, we use it.) I thought about making some PDFs of these great dictionary pages, and making them available for my blog readers to download. Before distributing someone else's work, I thought I better check the copyright, so I spent an inordinate amount of time on Friday researching it. I found some very interesting information. John Grant, a copyright attorney in Seattle, gave me this link. It's a pretty cool way to check if something is still covered under copyright. I had researched through copyright library records and found that the original copyright on this dictionary was in 1927 and it was subsequently renewed in 1957, so the rights run until 2022. Sorry, I can't let you upload it.
digital collage sheet by Piddix

Then today the Storque ran a "quit your day job" article on Piddix, and in reading about her, I found a link to a great blog post she did about copyrights. So if you are interested in this stuff like I am, you will enjoy finding Piddix, reading her blog and browsing her shop.
I am still working on something you can upload because I am the copyright holder. It will probably be an image or two that you can use to make your own valentines. As for myself, this year I'll probably spend $3.00 for that sheet at Piddix and make 25 cute valentines out of that.


piddix said...

I love it when people are interested in copyrights. Thanks for the great links, information, and creativity.

StudioCherie said...

Wow! Thanks for stopping by. I can't wait to use the images I just bought from you!