If you’ve been wondering when books and other works will become public domain, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s a list of books and works that will enter the public domain in the next few years. Listed below are the books and works that will become public domain in 2022 and 2024.
List of books entering the public domain in 2022
In 2022, a number of books and other works will be entered into the public domain. Some of these works are classics, while others are relatively recent. The list includes some beloved children’s books. It also includes a classic story about the ‘lost generation’ following World War I.
Among the books that will enter the public domain in 2022 are works by notable writers, such as A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh and Ernest Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises.” The list also includes works by Dorothy Parker and Willa Cather. Some of these works are also available as sound recordings and films. High school and community theater groups may choose to stage these works. Young playwrights may even adapt them.
Winnie the Pooh, one of the world’s most beloved children’s books, will become part of the public domain in 2022 in the U.S. Disney owns the rights to the character, but Winnie the Pooh’s story is a classic that has been published over the past century. Other titles that will enter the public domain include: “The House at Pooh Corner” by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard, and many others. The list also includes stories and characters published in 1926 and earlier.
The list of books entering the public domain in 2022 includes a variety of popular fiction and non-fiction titles. It also includes the first feature-length film to use the Vitaphone sound system. Many audio recordings will also become available to the public under this legislation. Other notable works include the works of jazz singer Ethel Waters and the composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Another significant category of works is works that have been copyrighted before 1977. These works automatically enter the public domain if the creator never tries to renew the copyright. Many works that were copyrighted before 1977 will become part of the public domain on January 1st of the year following their copyright expiration. In the United States, this means that nearly 85% of the works in circulation will be released into the public domain. However, this doesn’t mean that they can be used without a license or permission.
Other works will enter the public domain every year. A recent legislation changed the definition of the public domain for sound recordings. This legislation added hundreds of thousands of works to the public domain, including George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me.
List of works entering the public domain in 2024
There are many books, movies, and other works that will be entering the public domain in the next couple of years. The copyright to Rhapsody in Blue and The Great Gatsby will expire in two years, and Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises will enter the public domain in 2022. On January 1, 2024, the copyright to Steamboat Willie will expire, and Disney will no longer be able to use Mickey Mouse in the movie. The following year, Batman and Superman will also enter the public domain.
Currently, the majority of works entered the public domain are over 50 years old. In addition, works from Belarus, Bolivia, Canada, New Zealand, Egypt, and Uruguay are all expected to enter the public domain in 2024. Other notable works that will enter the public domain include works that were unpublished until 1953, including the silent version of Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus, Harold Lloyd’s Speedy, and Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
Another example of a work that will enter the public domain in 2024 is the Disney classic Winnie the Pooh and his friends. Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, and other beloved characters from the Pooh books will become free to use as long as they’re not copied in any way.
Another popular example of a work entering the public domain in 2024 is Disney’s Mickey Mouse. His character was first used in a 1923 cartoon short called Steamboat Willie. The same goes for the characters in the films Avatar and The Lord of the Rings. Despite the fact that Disney won’t be able to use Mickey, he could lose his exclusive rights to the character.
Other works that will enter the public domain in 2024 include some popular music. These include popular hits from Disney and other popular movies. Other works will have additional rights issues as they enter the public domain. The Authors Alliance thanks Derek Chipps for researching this blog post. This article was written by a member of the Authors Alliance.