Copyright disappears books

Yesterday Cory shared this great piece on artists and authors whose work is re-entering the public domain. It reminded my friend Thom of this article in the Atlantic. A quick study showcases that copyright laws may have temporarily blanked out an entire period of American literature.

The above chart shows a distribution of 2500 newly printed fiction books selected at random from Amazon's warehouses. What's so crazy is that there are just as many from the last decade as from the decade between 1910 and 1920. Why? Because beginning in 1923, most titles are copyrighted.

The Missing 20th Century: How Copyright Protection Makes Books Vanish