Happy Public Domain-Day!

Heute ist Public Domain Day (außer für die USA weil wegen Copyright-Maximalism) und es gehen, wie jedes Jahr am 1. Januar, die Werke in öffentlichen Besitz über, deren Schöpfer seit 70 Jahren tot sind. Unter anderem gehören uns ab heute die Rechte an den Arbeiten Robert Musils („Die Verwirrungen des Zöglings Törleß“) und Grant Wood („American Gothic“). Bild oben von Public Domain-Review: „Top Row (left to right): Stefan Zweig; Bronislaw Malinowski; Francis Younghusband, Middle Row (left to right): L.M. Montgomery; A.E.Waite; Edith Stein; Robert Musil, Bottom Row (left to right): Grant Wood; Bruno Schulz; Franz Boas; Eric Ravilious“

On this day of great celebrations worldwide, we also invite to celebrate the impressive wealth of knowledge, information and beauty that today, like every year on this day, becomes freely available to humankind. Every year on New Year’s Day, in fact, due to the expiration of copyright protection terms on works produced by authors who died several decades earlier, thousands of works enter the public domain – that is, their content is no longer owned or controlled by anyone, but it rather becomes a common treasure, available for anyone to freely use for any purpose.

Public Domain Day, Public Domain Review: The Class of 2013