Public Domain Review - Out-of-copyright works
The Public Domain Review is a not-for-profit project dedicated to showcasing the most interesting and unusual out-of-copyright works available online.
All works eventually falling out of copyright (from classic works of art, music and literature, to abandoned drafts, tentative plans, and overlooked fragments)are in the public domain, a vast commons of material that everyone is free to enjoy, share and build upon without restriction.
The Public Domain Review aims to help its readers to explore this rich terrain.
On the website it is possible to find:
- articles from leading scholars, writers, archivists, and artists provide fresh reflections and new angles on old material;
- the possibility to subscribe to the newsletter;
- browse public domain material organised in collections (films, audio, images and texts),
- a guide to finding interesting public domain works.
Art and Illustrations
The Cartoon Movement
The Cartoon Movement is a community of international editorial cartoonists and fans of political satire, part of The Video Journalism Movement (VJ Movement), an organization dedicated to the promotion of video journalism and press freedom. It is a global collaborative platform for editorial cartoons and comics journalism, where you can discuss cartoons, and vote on the cartoon ideas submitted by our international network of professional editorial cartoonists. The best cartoons are published online 4 times a week.
Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create animations, interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. The outcomes can be stored and shared on the web within the Scratch system.
It is not only an ideal tool for the creation of simple and attractive interactive and/or animated learning objects, but it also serves as a learning instrument for young people. By using Scratch learners learn not only to create and share Scratch outcomes but more importantly they learn mathematical, logical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.
Scratch is at first sight a bit difficult to learn, but there is a (short and simple) manual that helps everyone getting started within minutes. It is not a full blown animation tool but it is a lot of fun and very rewarding to work with.
Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia.
Pixton introduces Click-n-Drag Comics™, a revolutionary new (patent-pending) technology that enables anyone to create comics on the web. Pixton uses all elements from fully posable characters to dynamic panels, props, and speech bubbles, allowinf for every aspect of a comic to be controlled in an intuitive click-n-drag motion. Pixton Comics has won numerous awards for this technology.
It offers products for fun (discover, share, and create comics, comic books, contests & discussion forum), for schools (a visual writing tool for all subjects, personalized & private environments, aligned with curriculum) and for business (storyboarding tool).
Pixton for Fun