Michael sez, "It's January 1st! Do you know what works are passing into the public domain in the life+50, and life+70 countries? Lots!
Here in the USA (where basically nothing published in 1923 or later will ever enter the public domain, to protect Disney's 'Steamboat Willie'), only unpublished works of the life+70 class of authors enter the public domain.
Whew. Thank goodness for small favors, right?. We can now expect the unpublished works of George Gershwin, H.P. Lovecraft, Amelia Earhart, J.M. Barrie, and John Davison Rockefeller (yeah right), among many others, to be free and clear of copyright encumbrances for those who wish to publish them.
Boy, unpublished works! Wow! After 70 years since they died, there must be lots of those hanging around, right? Right?"
John Mark Ockerbloom, online librarian, sez, "For this year's Public Domain Day, I'm blogging about both what the
public domain can do for us, and what we can do for the public domain.
In particular, this is the first New Year's Day that's more than 14
years after the 1993 introduction of NCSA Mosaic, the browser that
started the explosive growth of the World Wide Web. 14 years is also
the initial term of copyright specified in the Statute of Anne and
the US's first copyright law. So in honor of that, I'm dedicating
the copyrights of the 1993 versions of my web sites, which include
the still-going-strong Online Books Page, to the public domain.
And I invite other Net old-timers to make similar dedications of
their old online content." Read the rest