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The Public Domain Review: Class of 2019

Every year, January 1st is celebrated as Public Domain Day, when a new batch of media ceases to be protected by national copyright law. While most countries' copyright expirations are based on a set period of time after a work's creator dies, US copyright expiration is based on the year a work was published. This, combined with changes to copyright law in 1978 and 1998, has meant that 2019 is the...