Public domain

What is Public Domain?

The 1st January of every year, a part of the huge literary, art and knowledge heritage created by humanity becomes freely available for everybody. The expiration of the copyright protection terms on works produced by authors who died seventy years ago, lets thousands of works enter into the public domain. Consequently, a whole work becomes a common treasure which can be used for many different purposes (i.e. it can be printed, copied, publicly performed, translated, reproduced on any medium, digitized and more).


Is the University of Turin involved?

In 2014 the University of Turin signed a collaboration agreement with the Polytechnic of Turin, the Turin Public Libraries and the Teatro Nuovo Foundation to improve and share its own cultural initiatives aimed at promoting the library services by organizing events focused on public domain. Every year, performance, educational and informative events are organized to remember the works of the authors that gradually enter into the Public Domain.

As a consequence of the said agreement, a “Urban Library Project on Public Domain” was born in Turin. It is the result of a positive cooperation between different bodies aiming at promoting and disseminating the concept of public domain by emphasizing its social, cultural and economic relevance for cultural and intellectual purposes.

An interesting example of the above-mentioned cultural events is the organization of theatre courts, which are performed as flash mobs in library study rooms and other unexpected places of Turin. In 2014 the students of Teatro Nuovo Foundation and Teatro Nuovo Theatre, Scenography and Choreutic High School performed short plays inspired by the works of Piero MartinettiCamillo Olivetti e Sergej Vasil'evic Rachmaninov.

In 2015 the focus has moved towards Emanuele Artom, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Glenn Miller, Riccardo Zandonai, Leone Sinigaglia, i Martiri del Martinetto (Franco Balbis, Quinto Bevilacqua, Giulio Biglieri, Paolo Braccini, Errico Giachino, Eusebio Giambone, Massimo Montano e Giuseppe Perotti), Edvard Munch, Wassily Kandinsky e Piet Mondrian.



Events and documents

Public domain celebration events


Digitization of public domain works

Photo galleries and videos

  • Footage and photo gallery of the Piero Martinetti’s short play "Pietà verso gli animali". Event tied to the project Martinetti on stage organized at the Library "Norberto Bobbio" from 12th to 17th of May 2014 within #HackUniTO.
  • "Rachmaninov, oh yeah!"- Sergej Vasil'evic Rachmaninov’s theater short play staged at Library "Norberto Bobbio" from 12th to 17th of May 2014
  • F. T. Marinetti - "Uccidiamo il chiaro di luna!" - Footage of the short theater play inspired by the works of futurist poets and performed in Rectorate the 14th of April 2015.
  • Glenn Miller - "In volo con Glenn Miller" - Photo gallery of the short musical play performed on Friday 22nd of May in the public library "Andrea Della Corte" (Parco della Tesoriera).


Il pubblico dominio a Torino: un tesoro per tutti! in Biblioteche oggi, XXXII, 9, (2014)

Domaine public à l’italienne – Within the presentation of the public domain urban library project at the Salone del Libro of Turin (May 2015)


    You may get more information and materials by visiting the inter-institutional Facebook page reserved to the Public Domain in Turin