Disney’s Top Stars Now in Public Domain?

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(FeaturedNews.com) – With the start of the New Year, a number of works lose their copyright protection on what has widely become known as Public Domain Day.

On Jan. 1, thousands of copyrighted works from 1928 are going to enter the public domain in the United States which will mean that they are free to share, copy, and remix. Some of the work that will enter the public domain this year includes “House at Pooh Corner,” which introduced the Tigger character, “Peter Pan” by J.M. Barrie, and “Steamboat Willie” from Disney which introduced the first Mickey Mouse drawings all set to enter the public domain. Other writers whose work is going to become public domain include Robert Frost, Virginia Woolf, Agatha Christie, D.H. Lawrence, and Du Bois. Many films are also going to enter the public domain including “The Circus” featuring Charlie Chaplin and “Lights of New York.”

When a work enters the public domain, it becomes legal to perform, reuse, sample, and repurpose the content of the work without needing to pay any money or receive permission from the creator.

Originally, the works on this list were meant to enter the public domain in 1984, however, their term as copyrighted works was extended to 2004 and then 2024, allowing for these works to remain copyrighted for 95 years.

Sound recordings dating back to 1923 are also going to be part of the public domain this year, following the Music Modernization Act which was passed in 2022 releasing multiple sound recordings.

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