The books, songs, films, and other works becoming public domain on Jan. 1, 2019


#TIA – This obscure item, on the other hand, listing those items entering the public domain on January 1, is worth going to Duke Law to find out what’s available. I want Gibran’s “The Prophet.” 

Get ready for a bountiful “public domain day.” On Jan. 1, an unprecedented number of films, books, songs, and artistic works once protected by US copyright, and all from the year 1923, will suddenly be in the public domain.

Public domain day, originated in 2004 by Canadian activist Wallace J. McLean and backed by Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig, is the observance of the moment when authors’ exclusive rights expire.

Read more at Quartzy