Public Domain Day

January 1, the date on which we celebrate the Day of the Public Domain, is important for copyright as in most of the countries in the world, the works whose copyright protection expired in the previous year, become part of the public domain.

This year, however, is a special one as also works, whose protection should have expired in 1998 but was extended by the US legislator for additional 20 years for a total of 95 years from their publication, will be entering the public domain. The list of works that became available for general use on January 1, 2019 include the works The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, The Ego and the Id by Sigmund Freud and The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie.