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Friday Factoid: January 1st Marks “Public Domain Day”

On January 1st of each year “Public Domain Day” celebrates the day on which additional works of authorship become part of the public domain. There is a copyright term of the author’s life plus 70 years for many works created in the United States and Europe. In these jurisdictions, many works of authors who died in 1944 became part of the public domain on January 1, 2015. Similarly, Canada’s copyright term is for the author’s life plus 50 years, so in Canada many works of authors who died in 1964 became part of the public domain on the same date.

Source: Duke University Law School

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