‘Pooh,’ ‘Sun Also Rises’ among works going public in 2022

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“Winnie the Pooh” and “The Sun Also Rises” are going public

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WASHINGTON – “Winnie the Pooh” and “The Sun Also Rises” are going public.

A.A. Milne’s beloved children’s book and Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel, films starring Buster Keaton and Greta Garbo, as well as works from 1926, whose copyrights expire on Saturday, will be put in the public domain as calendar 2022 will be flipped.

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The poetry collections “The Very Blues” by Langston Hughes and “Enough Rope” by Dorothy Parker will also turn 95 and enter the public domain under US law.

The silent films “Batting Butler” starring and directed by Buster Keaton, “The Temptress” starring Greta Garbo, “The Son of the Sheik” starring Rudolph Valentino, and “For Heaven’s Sake” starring Harold Lloyd are also becoming public property.

And under a 2018 law by Congress, sound recordings will become available from the starting area of ​​electronic audio.

Copyright experts at Duke University estimate that some 400,000 sound recordings dating back to 1923 will be available for public use, including music by Ethel Waters, Mamie Smith, Enrico Caruso, and Fanny Bryce.

Once a work has entered the public domain it may be legally shared, performed, reused, repurchased or sampled without permission or cost.

The long US copyright period adopted in recent decades has meant that many works that have now become available are long lost, as they were not profitable to retain by legal owners, but could not be used by others. could.

Jennifer Jenkins, director of the Duke Center for the Study of the Public Domain, said in a post celebrating Saturday’s “Public Domain Day,” that “the fact that works have been available legally since 1926 doesn’t mean they’re actually available.” are available in.” “After 95 years, many of these works are already lost or literally disintegrating (along with older films and recordings), in what have long been the terms of copyright for the protection of cultural artifacts.”

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