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Huge Amount of Copyrighted Works Enters the Public Domain in 2019

by Michael Pujals on 2019-01-22T14:45:00-08:00 | Comments

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In 1999 works from 1923 would have entered the public domain but congress entered legislation that delayed this for 20 years. It's 2019 now and for the first time in two decades a large amount of material will move out of copyright into the public domain. Now that this work is out of copyright, faculty and students can reuse and adapt films, books, poetry, and music from 1923 to create new work, post online, write new versions, play in concert, etc.

From The Public Domain Review's Top Picks for the Class of 2019

  • Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells
  • “In the Orchard” ad “”Mrs Dalloway in Bond Street” by Virginia Woolf
  • The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
  • The Ego and the Id by Sigmund Freud (original German version)
  • Towards a New Architecture by Le Corbusier (original French version)
  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
  • The play Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw
  • “Hypnos”, “What the Moon Brings”, “The Lurking Fear”, and “Memory” by H.P. Lovecraft
  • Duino Elegies by Rainer Maria Rilke (original German version)
  • New Hampshire by Robert Frost
  • Spring and All and also the novel The Great American Novel by William Carlos Williams
  • Harmonium by Wallace Stevens
  • Tulips and Chimneys by E.E. Cummings
  • Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley
  • A Son at the Front by Edith Wharton
  • Kangaroo by D. H. Lawrence.
  • The Ten Commandments by Cecil B. DeMille (not his 1956 version, but rather the earlier silent first attempt)
  • Safety Last! and Why Worry? by Harold Lloyd
  • The Pilgrim by Charlie Chaplin
  • Our Hospitality by Buster Keaton
  • The Little Napoleon by Georg Jacoby (which features debut of Marlene Dietrich)
  • The White Rose directed by D.W. Griffith
  • Robert Delaunay – Portrait of Tristan Tzara
  • Marcel Duchamp – The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass)
  • Max Ernst – Pietà or Revolution by Night
  • M. C. Escher – Dolphins
  • George Grosz – Ecce Homo (portfolio of lithographs)
  • Wassily Kandinsky – On White II
  • Henri Matisse – Odalisque with Raised Arms and Window at Tangier
  • Pablo Picasso – The Pipes of Pan and Paulo on a Donkey
  • Man Ray – Object to Be Destroyed (destroyed 1957)
  • Paul Klee – Architecture, Tightrope Walker, and Masks

Read more about what's entering the Public Domain in this article from the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke University


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