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04-15-2017 11:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: birdhouse plans arts and crafts question

This question probably applies to all woodworking plans, but I’m wondering how can you identify birdhouse plans that are in the public domain?

I’m not necessarily wanting to sell birdhouse plans, but would like to share plans on my DIY site. I see birdhouse plans all over the internet and in woodworking books. They seem to be very similar dimensions since you want to attract specific birds, based on those dimensions.

Just wondering if there is a way you can verify which plans fall into the public domain.

Thanks for the help!

-- Stephen, Atlanta Georgia, http://www.fouroakscrafts.com


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#1 posted 04-15-2017 12:43 PM

Just wondering if there is a way you can verify which plans fall into the public domain.

In the US, original works are automatically protected by copyright (no need to declare or register, but easier to defend). So unless there is a specific notice by the author/copyright holder allowing usage, or you get permission, assume it is copyrighted.

Copyrights do expire, so it is usually safe to assume anything from the 1800s or earlier are in the public domain.

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#2 posted 04-15-2017 06:31 PM



Just wondering if there is a way you can verify which plans fall into the public domain.
In the US, original works are automatically protected by copyright (no need to declare or register, but easier to defend). So unless there is a specific notice by the author/copyright holder allowing usage, or you get permission, assume it is copyrighted.

Copyrights do expire, so it is usually safe to assume anything from the 1800s or earlier are in the public domain.

Thanks for the advice! I’m wondering if there might be any reputable sites out there that would contain a listing of public domain plans. Please let me know if you know of any. I will do some googling and see if there’s something out there. I will also search under some creative commons licenses. I understand that with CC some people have gone ahead and declared how others can use their plans or publications.

-- Stephen, Atlanta Georgia, http://www.fouroakscrafts.com

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#3 posted 04-16-2017 12:14 AM

I get around that by just being too stubborn to use other people’s plans, except for a couple that I have purchased (not for bird houses). You can rely on the hole sizes for a particular bird, but remember that birds are opportunists and will take a hole that they can fit in, even if the interior isn’t exactly what they like.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 06-10-2017 09:15 PM



I get around that by just being too stubborn to use other people s plans, except for a couple that I have purchased (not for bird houses). You can rely on the hole sizes for a particular bird, but remember that birds are opportunists and will take a hole that they can fit in, even if the interior isn t exactly what they like.

- Dark_Lightning

Thanks! Those are great points!

-- Stephen, Atlanta Georgia, http://www.fouroakscrafts.com

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#5 posted 06-10-2017 09:25 PM

Anything published before 1923 is in the
public domain in the USA.

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#6 posted 06-10-2017 10:13 PM



Anything published before 1923 is in the
public domain in the USA.

- Loren

Thanks!

-- Stephen, Atlanta Georgia, http://www.fouroakscrafts.com

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#7 posted 06-10-2017 10:36 PM

Check the University/Colleges in your area. Most will have an Agricultural extension arm that provides a wealth of public information related to species local to the area. For example, here in my neck of the woods, the University of Florida IFAS / EDIS department has all sorts of information and plans . Like this one from their Master Gardner program: The Neighborhood Gardener – Inviting Wildlife to Your Yard

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#8 posted 06-10-2017 10:54 PM

Most government documents are not
copyrighted. Digging with google will
turn up results like this one:

http://www.pgc.pa.gov/InformationResources/GetInvolved/Pages/WildlifeHomePlans.aspx

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#9 posted 06-12-2017 03:24 AM



Most government documents are not
copyrighted. Digging with google will
turn up results like this one:

http://www.pgc.pa.gov/InformationResources/GetInvolved/Pages/WildlifeHomePlans.aspx

- Loren

Good point- the gov used a portion of all the citizen’s contributions to make a publication like that, so we’ve already paid for it (well, those in that state, anyway). Looking back into the dim and misty past, I recall reading a government publication along with the handbook for the particular age of Cub Scout I was working with at the time, I believe Wolf, which would be seven years old. My youngest son was seven 21 years ago this coming Tuesday.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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