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Sunday, January 14, 2024


Under the Copyright Term Extension Act, books published in 1928, films released in 1928, and other works published in 1928, enter the public domain in 2024. Sound recordings that were published in 1923 enter the public domain. 

Define the public domain: The term “public domain” refers to creative materials that are not protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright, trademark, or patent laws. The public owns these works, not an individual author or artist. Anyone can use a public domain work without obtaining permission, but no one can ever own it. –Oxford Dictionary

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence, entered the public domain in the United States in 2024, as did The House at Pooh Corner by A. A. Milne, introducing the character Tigger; Peter Pan or, The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. 

Plus All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque; Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle by Edgar Rice Burroughs and The Front Page by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. 

 Other works entering the public domain in 2024 include: 

--West-Running Brook by Robert Frost, 

 --Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man by Siegfried Sassoon, 

 --Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead, 

 --The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers, 

--The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie, 

 --Orlando by Virginia Woolf, 

 --Dark Princess by W.E.B. Du Bois, 

 --Home to Harlem by Claude McKay, 

 --The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall, 

 --Millions of Cats by Wanda Gág, 

 --Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh,  --Point Counter Point by Aldous Huxley, 

 --The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly,

 --Last Post by Ford Madox Ford, 

 --The Tower by W. B. Yeats, and 

 --Mr. Blettsworthy on Rampole Island by H. G. Wells. 

 The original editions of The Missing Chums, Hunting for Hidden Gold, and The Shore Road Mystery of The Hardy Boys by Franklin W. Dixon also entered the public domain in the United States in 2024. 

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