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It's almost 2019, which will bring the first new batch of US public domain works in over 20 years:

law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomain

This "public domain day" used to happen every year until 1998, when 20 years was added to copyright terms for no real reason other than that large companies like Disney wanted it.

Copyright currently lasts 95 years in most countries, but until the late 1970s it was 56 years, or even shorter if copyright wasn't actively renewed.

@kinosocial
dismantle IP. dismantle copyright. dismantle ownership.

these myths are antique, we need new world views
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This article about #publicdomain and #copyright is fascinating. law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomain

"Under the 56-year copyright term that existed until 1978, we could be seeing works from 1962 enter the public domain in 2019"
"Many of these works are lost entirely [...] evidence of what long copyright terms do to the conservation of cultural artifacts. "

Thanks @kinosocial

@rgggn

Yeah, it's a really good article!

It's weird how the modern internet has developed without any new public domain works at all. An entire generation has grown up never seeing *anything* entering the public domain 😟

Thankfully that will change starting from next Tuesday.

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