The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike License.
If you like it, please consider buying a copy.
Why am I allowing you to copy the book for free? And why is Yale University Press letting me? To understand why I am doing it, watch this video by Jesse Dylan. And if you want to understand why it makes economic sense to my publisher, read this short article.
This is the book exactly as it is printed — same typesetting and pagination. The pdf is searchable and has bookmarks for each chapter. If clicking on the link doesn’t open the book in your browser — which takes a few seconds, depending on the speed of your connection – right click the link and choose “Save As” (on a PC) or Control-click (on a Mac) and choose “Save Link As”. Then double click the file you have downloaded. If you are the impatient type, here is a link to a faster loading and slightly smaller version which you should be able to start reading even as it downloads. The downside is, some people have experienced problems with it; (older versions of Acrobat, some versions of Mozilla Firefox, some Linux pdf viewers..)
Download/read in html
Download in epub format (iPad/tablet etc.)
Further Reading: An Annotated Bibliography with further reading on each chapter of the book.
Here is another html version created by Franco Iacomella. Thanks!
And a Palm PDB e-book version of “The Public Domain”, complete with formatting and footnotes created by Wizard Prang. Thanks!
(The only versions that I have tested for accuracy are the pdf and html versions I supplied.)