Public Domain Day 2019
On January 1 of this year, works of art, literature, music, film, and more fell into the public domain in the United States for the first time since 1998. Works in the public domain are no longer copyrighted and can be used by anybody, for any purpose, without needing to ask permission. They can be freely remixed, performed, shared, mashed up, or turned into new works.
This year, works first published in 1923 entered into the public domain, joining all works published prior to that date which were already out of copyright. Some notable works from that year include:
- The Ten Commandants, directed by Cecile B. DeMille
- New Hampshire, by Robert Frost
- Charleston, composed by Cecil Mack, lyrics by Jimmy Johnson
Tisch Library digitized some books from 1923 in its collection that entered into the public domain this year. They now appear online in digital form for the first time! Some of the titles include:
- The Step on the Stair, by Anna Katherine Green, one of the first American detective fiction writers
- Writing and Rewriting, by George Carver, William S. Maulsby, and Thomas A. Knott. A note on the title page indicates Maulsby was a Tufts 1912 graduate
- Rake Knitting Patterns, by Bertha Thompson
- Barnum, by M.R. Werner
See more 1923 books from Tisch’s collection in the Internet Archive here.
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