Thursday, January 30, 2020       Events

Public Domain Day 2020

5:30-8:30pm ET  ·  Grossman Hall, American University Washington College of Law Open Access   ·   Open Data   ·   Open Education

SPARC is delighted to partner with the Internet Archive, the Institute for Intellectual Property & Social Justice, Creative Commons, and American University’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property to host the 2020 Public Domain Day celebration in Washington, DC.


Grossman Hall, American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20016


Thursday, January 30th, 2020


5:30-8:30pm ET

This evening celebration of the public domain will will bring together a diverse group of organizations, musicians, artists, activists, and thinkers to highlight the new works entering the public domain for the first time and discuss those elements of knowledge and creativity that are too important to a healthy society to lock down with copyright law.

Public Domain Day Graphic showing the event time (5:30-8:30pm ET) and location (Grossman Hall at American University Washington College of Law)

The program will feature opening remarks by Brewster Kahle as well as presentations and lightning talks from Peter Jazsi, Julia Reda, Leslie Street, Amanda Levendowsi, Jonathan Band, and Mike Carroll. Naturel, Tenbeete Solomon, and Rikasso will discuss their works remixing the public domain with moderator Kim Tignor, and the Bob Schwartz Quartet will perform a selection of music from the public domain. The full program is available here.

The event will take place from 5:30-8:30pm ET at the American University Washington College of Law’s Grossman Hall (4300 Nebraska Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20016). You’re invited to join us in person by RSVPing here, or you can join online via the livestream here. We hope to see you in person or online on the 30th!

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