Public Domain Day 2015: Ending our own enclosures

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It’s the start of the new year, which, as many of my readers know, marks another Public Domain Day, when a year’s worth of creative work becomes free for anyone to use in many countries.

In countries where copyrights have been extended to life plus 70 years, works by people like Piet Mondrian, Edith Durham, Glenn Miller, and Ethel Lina White enter the public domain.  In countries that have resisted ongoing efforts to extend copyrights past life + 50 years, 2015 sees works by people like Flannery O’Connor, E. J. Pratt, Ian Fleming, Rachel Carson, and T. H. White enter the public domain. And in the US, once again no published works enter the public domain due to an ongoing freeze in copyright expirations (though some well-known works might have if we still had the copyright laws in effect when they were…

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4 comments on “Public Domain Day 2015: Ending our own enclosures

  1. Michael says:

    Good post!

    Hey, I really like this blog theme too. Great choice. If you just added it, congratulations if not then my apologies for not noticing it earlier. But I can’t believe that I wouldn’t have noticed it sooner. Very attractive indeed! I might just try it myself . . .

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    • Dagny says:

      Thanks, Michael. I can’t take credit for the post, that was all JMO. I’m just trying to help spread the word about public domain books and the people who give their time to make them available to the world.

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  2. Nino Frewat says:

    Oh that is interesting, Dagny. I didn’t know the Us had a freeze on copyright expiry. Why is that?

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    • Dagny says:

      There was some legislature back in the 1990s. I don’t remember the exact details, but it extended it by an extra twenty or so years. So for twenty years, nothing new went into public domain here.

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