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Copyright & Music

Public Domain

What is "public domain?"

Works that fall into public domain can be used without obtaining permission because they are no longer protected by intellectual property laws (copyright, trademark, or patent laws).

Public Domain Day 2022


January 1, 2022 is Public Domain Day in the US. Works from 1926 have now entered the public domain.

For more information about new releases into public domain, information about future public domain days, and the "Sonny Bono extension," see:

Creative Commons

Books at the Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library

Links to Public Domain Music Sites