Public Domain Project

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The Public Domain Project is a open-minded (open to all people) project under the supervision of the Swiss Foundation Public Domain. It was formed in 2009 by Philippe Perreaux (Copyright lawyer) and Carl Flisch (Music historian). The major activity is the conservation and utilization of public domain music and film material.

In 2010 the project won 5,000 euros in the knowledge-value competition of Wikimedia Deutschland. Instead of money, Wikimedia sponsored a ELP Laser turntable (speciall custom built for us). Wikimedia contractually agreed that Wikimedia Commons will receive a copy of each digitized work after checking the copyright status.

In 2012 the collector Martin Osterwalder donated additional 35,000 78 rpm records.

Since that date many other collections of grammophone records were transferred to the foundation or were announced us as a legacy.

In February 2014 our project was integrated inside the CDR department of the SOS-ETH (Student organization of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich) and we found a great partnership with Wikimedia CH.

See also

Digitization office

ETH Zurich
Sonneggstrasse 27
CH-8092 Zurich

CDR/PDP Digitization


  • 16 to 90 rpm Gramophone records, 33⅓ and 45 rpm Vinyl discs, Compact Cassette, DAT, DCC, MiniDisc, ¼ Inch Reel-to-Reel


  • Betacam SP, Betacam SX, Betamax, Digital Betacam, MPEG IMX


  • DV, Mini-DV, DVCAM


  • Super 8

Image photography and HD video

  • Shellac discs, Vinyl albums and discs, Phonograph cylinders

Image scanning

  • 35 mm film strips, Photographic plates, Reversal film (DIA)


  • U-matic Low-Band, U-matic High-Band, U-matic SP


  • D-VHS, VHS/-C, S-VHS/-C

Video 8

  • Video 8, Hi8

Video Compact Cassette

  • Video 2000 (V2000)

CDR/PDP Records Cleaning Services

Shellac discs

  • Discs 5 to 16"

Vinyl discs

  • Discs 7 to 16"


Cleaning- and Digitizing process

Our office for digitization work
Digitizing station for audio with ELP laser turntable and conventional turntalbe
Keith Monks Archivist Duo MK IX (a closer view)
Reproduction table to take pictures of the labels in the center of the records using a Nikon D600