As Of 2019, Hundreds Of Famous Works Have Been Updated Into The US Public Domain
By Yoon Sann Wong, 04 Jan 2019
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For the first time in two decades, published works have been updated into the US public domain, where they remain free for anyone in the US to use and build upon, without any fees required.
These resources from 1923 include famous films such as The Ten Commandments and comedies starring Charlie Chaplin, as well as books by Agatha Christie, Winston S. Churchill, E.E. Cummings, Robert Frost, and more.
Duke University School of Law explains, “Works from 1923 were set to go into the public domain in 1999, after a 75-year copyright term. But in 1998 Congress hit a two-decade pause button and extended their copyright term for 20 years, giving works published between 1923 and 1977 an expanded term of 95 years.”
Now that the dry spell is over, Google Books will offer complete texts from tomes dated 1923, instead of simply previewing snippets, while the Internet Archive updates its library with films, music, and manuscripts from this period. HathiTrust has also made 50,000 titles from 1923 available through its digital library.
You can view the works entering the 2019 public domain here.
For the first time in over 20 years, on January 1, 2019, published works will enter the US public domain.1 Works from 1923 will be free for all to use and build upon, without permission or fee. https://t.co/l7Yg5tL51D pic.twitter.com/NLoy5cO7BU— Michelle Manafy (@michellemanafy) January 2, 2019
It’s Public Domain Day! For the first time since 1998 works have entered the public domain in the US due to copyright expiration. Peruse over 43,000 titles newly opened in the USA in HathiTrust’s 1923 collection! https://t.co/LNTp89qZqT #PublicDomainDay #1923HathiTrust— HathiTrust (@hathitrust) January 1, 2019
[via Duke University School of Law]
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