Let your creative juices flow! You can now adapt certain classic works without worrying about getting sued.
That’s because on Jan. 1, 2021, copyrighted works from 1925 officially entered the U.S. public domain, meaning theaters can screen the films, musicians can sample the music and authors can adapt the books.
Works from 1925 were originally supposed to enter the public domain after 75 years in 2001, but Congress paused the law and extended the copyright term to 95 years, hence the 2021 release.
Find the full list of newly public domain works on the Duke University website.
See highlights below.