As many who read this may well know, the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster was a propaganda piece, produced by the British government (but never used, as it was intended for use only if the Nazis successfully invaded Britain) in 1939. A copy of the poster was discovered by a second hand bookstore (Barter Books) in 2000. Since its copyright, which stipulated protection for 50 years, had expired, the work was part of the Public Domain (this wiki from the Creative Commons is great place to start if you don’t understand the concept of the Public Domain). As a result many derivative forms of the poster were generated by artists and publishers.
I created this chart to illustrate the importance of the Public Domain within artistic communities. As I stipulated in a previous, related, post, my comments are made solely in terms of the creator’s motivations and process. The business and consumer side of this equation require an entirely different set of considerations, which I’m sure I’ll touch on at some point. In the meantime, hope you dig. It was fun to put together.
As always, good work.