UPDATED January 23, 2020: On Public Domain (January 1, 2020) “HathiTrust Opened More Than 45,000 Digital Volumes For Full View Reading Access For U.S. Users…13,500 of these Volumes Were Digitized From University of California Libraries’ Collections” (via CDLNews)
On January 1, 2020, works from 1924 will enter the US public domain, where they will be free for all to use and build upon, without permission or fee. These works include George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, silent films by Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, and books such as Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, E. M. Forster’s A Passage to India, and A. A. Milne’s When We Were Very Young. These works were supposed to go into the public domain in 2000, after being copyrighted for 75 years. But before this could happen, Congress hit a 20-year pause button and extended their copyright term to 95 years.
Now the wait is over. How will people celebrate this trove of cultural material? The Internet Archive will add books, movies, music, and more to its online library. HathiTrust will make tens of thousands of titles from 1924 available in its digital library.
See Also: Public Domain Day FAQs (via CSPD)