WASHINGTON – “Winnie the Pooh” and “The Sun Also Rises” are released.
AA Milne’s beloved children’s book and Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel, as well as films starring Buster Keaton and Greta Garbo are among the 1926 works whose copyrights expire on Saturday, putting them in the public domain as the calendar switches to 2022.
Langston Hughes’ “The Weary Blues” and Dorothy Parker’s “Enough Rope” poetry books will also be 95 years old and enter the public domain under US law.
The silent films “Battling Butler” with and directed by Buster Keaton, “The Temptress” with Greta Garbo, “The Son of the Sheikh” with Rudolph Valentino and “For the Love of Heaven” with Harold Lloyd are also becoming public property.
And under congressional legislation of 2018, sound recordings from the first area of electronic audio will be available.
Copyright experts at Duke University estimate that some 400,000 pre-1923 sound recordings will be available for public use, including music by Ethel Waters, Mamie Smith, Enrico Caruso and Fanny Brice.
Once a work enters the public domain, it can be legally shared, performed, reused, reused, or sampled without permission or cost.
The long period of copyright in the United States adopted in recent decades has meant that many works that would now become available have long been lost, as they were not profitable to maintain by legal owners, but were not profitable. could not be used by others.
“Just because 1926 works are legally available doesn’t mean they’re actually available,” said Jennifer Jenkins, director of Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain, in an article celebrating “Public Domain Day” by Saturday. “After 95 years, many of these works are already lost or literally disintegrate (as with old films and recordings), proof of what long copyright terms do to the preservation of cultural artefacts.”