Abstract

“Journey’s End of the Public Domain: Intellectual Property Law and the Controversy Over Ownership of American Literature”

Kasha Caprata

There is tension in the United States surrounding the issue where some works of American literature are freely available in the Public Domain while similar works are privately held through copyright holders. This thesis strives to examine, understand, explain, and determine the trajectory of this tension between privately held American literature under Intellectual Property Law versus the freely available American literature in the Public Domain. The findings will be informed by the legal precedent of Intellectual Property Law and the Public Domain in the United States, as well as by an appendix of four American authors whose works fall under both categories.

 
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