May 16, 2022

A Look at the Public Domain Class of 2014

Important NOTE:  The wonderful Karen Coyle correctly notes that the Public Domain Review article (below) does not provide info about the specific countries where the material will enter the public domain. 

She adds, “that post about the authors entering the public domain does NOT pertain to the US, where we adopted life+70 only in 1978 and it is only true for works published after 1977 (and even that with some variations). “

Karen suggests visiting this useful chart (a keeper) from Peter Hirtle from the Cornell University. It provides detail about when material enters the public domain in the U.S. It’s complex to say the least. 

Thanks Karen!

See Also: World Copyright Terms Map

The always interesting Public Domain Review has announced their Public Domain Class of 2014.

This useful post provides brief profiles of some of the people (authors, composers, etc.) whose work enters the public domain on January 1, 2014  (life + 70 years).

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The Class of 2014 Includes:

  • George Washington Carver
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
  • Shaul Tchernichovsky
  • Sophie Taeuber-Arp
  • Nikola Tesla
  • Kostis Palamas
  • Max Wertheimer
  • Simone Weil
  • Chaim Soutine
  • Fats Waller
  • Beatrix Potter

Public Domain Class of 2014 in countries where copyright term is life + 50 years.

  • Robert Frost
  • Sylvia Plath
  • William Carlos Williams
  • Louis MacNeice
  • Jean Cocteau
  • C. S. Lewis
  • Aldous Huxley

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