A whole year of copyrighted works just became public domain

Enlarge / The copyright to The Great Gatsby—the 1925 novel, not the 2013 movie starring Leonardo di Caprio—will expire two years from today. (credit: Warner Bros. Picture)

As the balled dropped over Times Square last night, all copyrighted works published in 1923 fell into the public domain. Everyone now has the right to republish them or adapt them for use in new works.

It's the first time this has happened in 21 years.

Until the 1970s, copyright expirations were an annual...

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