New Year’s Day is sometimes called Public Domain Day. We librarians make special note of it because certain works lose copyright protection and thus become easier to share with patrons. Starting this year, many famous works of literature are now in the public domain, including A.A. Milne’s classic work of children’s literature Winnie-the-Pooh.
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What else is now in the public domain? Book Riot lists many famous works, including The Sun Also Rises by Earnest Hemingway, My Mortal Enemy by Willa Cather, and The Seven Pillars of Wisdom by Lawrence of Arabia.
Duke University’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain mentions these books and also sound recordings, including classic jazz recordings, as well as movies, such as Moana (the 1926 Samoan documentary) and Rudolph Valentino’s The Son of the Sheik.
Take a look and see what you’d like to add to your personal collections.
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