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Join CADS in celebrating!
**Note that only the musical compositions above are entering the public domain. Subsequent arrangements, orchestrations, or recordings of those compositions, may still protected by copyright. In fact--due to different legislation for copyright in sound recordings--sound recordings published before 1923 have an additional extension to their term ending on December 31, 2021. 
What are we Celebrating?
Under the 1998 CTEA (1998 Copyright Term Extension Act), starting in 2019 works published in one year enter the public domain at the end of the 95th year of publication—hence the works published in 1924 entering the public domain on January 1, 2020. So (until 2073 when copyrights begin to expire on a 70 year timeline instead of a 95 year term) on January 1st we celebrate not only a new year, but also a plethora of new works entering the public domain.
Why is the Public Domain So Important?
  • It sparks creativity and provides a basis for new works. 
    • Without William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet we wouldn't have Aruthr Laurent's West Side Story!
  • It provides the opportunity for teh restoration and preservation of works and keeps them alive for use in the future. Consider the dilemma imposed by orphan works and the threat to the loss of cultural heritage. 
  • Public Domain works as accessible, open, educational material can reduce financial burdens in higher education. 
  • Find out more about the importance of the public domain at Duke's Center for the Study of the Public Domain
  • Feeling Festive? Check out the recorded Public Domain Day Party hosted by Internet Archive, celebrate the public domain and learn more!