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I ran across a post from the Idiotprogrammer and he discusses some of the nuances of Public Domain. Take a look at what he has to say, some valuable public domain resource guidelines regarding public domain art and written material.

Welcome to 1922! (FAQ)

(These FAQ are related to the Welcome to 1922! series I wrote for teleread. They list and describe some notable literary and artistic works produced between the years 1923 and 1931). I am not a lawyer and am not giving advice. I am merely sharing what I think to be accurate information at the time.

How do I find out about which sound recordings from that year are in the public domain?
How do I find paintings/visual works of art produced in an individual year? And how do I find public domain art in general?
How can I find out if my congressman voted for this Freeze-the-public-domain legislation?

How do I find out about which sound recordings from that year are in the public domain?

A: You can’t. Until 1972, musical recordings were governed by different laws–not federal copyright law at all, but contractual law for the state in which the music was recorded. That means you have to look at the specific contract, as well as the state in which the contract was signed. You won’t have any way of knowing for sure whether American music will go into the public domain until 2067. (See this article by Jon Noring about the issue). A Council on Library and Information Resources study found that a significant percentage of early jazz works and blues music are protected (about 90%). In fact, a few dozen sound works still protected go back all the way to Thomas Edison’s time in the 19th century.

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