Public Domain Day 2021 | Center for the Study of the Public Domain

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January 1, 2021 is Public Domain Day, when copyrighted works from 1925 be free for all to use and build upon. Find out what’s entering the public domain in the US, and why it matters.

These works include books such as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Ernest Hemingway’s In Our Time, and Franz Kafka’s The Trial (in the original German), silent films featuring Harold Lloyd and Buster Keaton, and music such as the jazz standard Sweet Georgia Brown and songs by Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, W.C. Handy, and Fats Waller.