New in the public domain for 2023

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New year, new public domain contents from the US side of things.


Last year's effort
https://gbatemp.net/threads/new-in-the-public-domain-for-2022.605453/
Previous years
https://gbatemp.net/threads/new-in-the-public-domain-for-2021.580143/
https://gbatemp.net/threads/so-a-bu...ew-days-ago-2019-copyright-expiration.528124/

Videos covering what and why that I usually link at this point

Though a nice counterpoint might be



1927 and works from it (though there are some complications for audio recordings which have a year or two more yet, note that it is recordings where the lyrics and various other things might be like anything else and be free and clear and can make a sound a like cover but not rip your great grandad's wax cylinder or whatever to share with the world) for the US.

https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2023/01/public-domain-day-2023 notes other parts of the world
works by people who died in 1952, for countries with a copyright term of “life plus 70 years” (e.g. UK, Russia, most of EU and South America);
works by people who died in 1972, for countries with a term of “life plus 50 years” (e.g. New Zealand, and most of Africa and Asia);
Canada apparently joins the 70 years club (was previously 50) which is a bit of a pity. Not sure what they are aiming to harmonise with there as that is usually the reason for such things (the US and EU both generally liking copyright to match as part of trade deals).


https://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2023/
https://bookriot.com/public-domain-books-2023/
https://publicdomainreview.org/blog/2023/01/public-domain-day-2023 was above but contains some nice things.

For the US then most note we have finally reached speech with your films (synced audio was last year, as opposed to having to hire some dude with a piano to play along) with "The Jazz Singer" generally claiming the first spot. Though films would continue to sometimes have dual versions for several years yet (a few years from now we will be back here discussing 1929's Thunderbolt which had two versions and a lot more speech -- those going into The Jazz Singer expecting Tarantino style dialogue are... yeah, and while last year we pondered a work dumbed down for American audiences it was 1933 that saw the Hays code make US films boring and censored for 30 years so there is some good stuff coming).

Interesting things are Arthur Conan Doyle's final Sherlock Holmes stories are now in the public domain, them having been part of a copyright case that many reference in these discussions as it involved traits, abilities and such not seen until those books being used by those tapping into the public domain side of things to do their own thing. This being something to be aware of as other works of the modern western canon are similarly not all out there yet.
https://web.law.duke.edu/cspd/publicdomainday/2023/#sherlockholmes having a nice writeup. It will probably get really fun next year as that marks the first appearances of Mickey Mouse.

Metropolis (considered by many to be ground zero for cyberpunk, and a nice early effort in dystopian sci fi, if arty terms are being used it is one of the great expressionist works) was in a bit of a limbo with variously being out in Europe for a few years now but is out in the US now.

Miss Marple makes a first literary debut as well, though note the Sherlock Holmes problem above and it is short stories in a magazine rather than any full novels.

the duke.edu link books said:
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
Willa Cather, Death Comes for the Archbishop
Countee Cullen, Copper Sun
A. A. Milne, Now We Are Six, illustrations by E. H. Shepard (Winnie the Pooh's author)
Thornton Wilder, The Bridge of San Luis Rey
Ernest Hemingway, Men Without Women (collection of short stories)
William Faulkner, Mosquitoes
Agatha Christie, The Big Four
Edith Wharton, Twilight Sleep
Herbert Asbury, The Gangs of New York (the original 1927 publication)
Franklin W. Dixon (pseudonym), The Tower Treasure (the first Hardy Boys book)
Hermann Hesse, Der Steppenwolf (in the original German)
Franz Kafka, Amerika (in the original German)
Marcel Proust, Le Temps retrouvé (the final installment of In Search of Lost Time, in the original French)

Laurel and Hardy had technically appeared in a few films before this year but in a variety of films they teamed up for real, and also in another gained the iconic costumes.

My quip about wax cylinders was not necessarily in jest either as several things now out of copyright are considered lost media, a more modern take

and some efforts in the Japanese side of things including some of the more technical aspects and barriers that get faced

It is a very real problem -- I mentioned Laurel and Hardy above and several of those that are public domain as of this year are lost, one having been found in 2015
If the 1970s had not seen an extension then we would be looking at works from 1966 (some say 1962, not sure what goes) at this point (Hays code ended in 1968, few minor cracks forming at this point but nothing too drastic).

Anything you plan to watch? Any good remixes? Winnie the Pooh hit last year which means in a month or so we get
 

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the horror with winne the pooh is a joke?
No it is a full film, was offered the option to buy tickets for it when I searched for the trailer earlier. It believe it started out as something of a joke when it went public domain but much like the similar joke trailers in Grindhouse or most short films in general being advertising/sponsor me tapes then it seems full film it is. Horror remixes of such things do have a bit of a history both in public domain stuff (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies being the main example people go to there) and commercial (the happy clappy kids show banana splits from the late 1960s became a horror not so long back as the rights went odd places).

Anyway have not sat down with anything yet from this year. Was going to look at Wings as it was the first academy award/oscar for best picture and features on most of the lists but will have to go looking to see what goes. There was a restoration and found footage aspect of it a few years back which could make things tricky (though restoration is not necessarily a creative and thus copyrightable act, unlike typesetting which is what troubled some public domain types in the past).
 

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