“For life plus 70 countries, the works of Aleister Crowley … are now in the public domain”

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Hopefully For The Last Time: The US Has Zero New Works Enter The Public Domain On January 1st—Mark Masnick, techdirt

For many years now, during the first week of January, we write a post about Public Domain Day. That’s the day – January 1st – where works that have reached the statutory limit reach the public domain.

For life plus 70 countries, the works of Aleister Crowley and Winston Churchill are now in the public domain. For the life plus 50 countries, Rene Magritte’s paintings, the song compositions of Woody Guthrie and Otis Redding, and the writings of Jean Toomer are now in the public domain – among many others.

Except, as we note each and every year, there is no such “graduating class” in the US. Because, thanks to Disney’s heavy lobbying, copyright keeps getting extended and extended and extended.


Summary for the week ending Jan 7, 2018