Works that entered the public domain in 2023

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Now what will Arthur Conan Doyle’s heirs do?

WON’T SOMEBODY THINK OF THE FREELOADERS???
dumb-and-dumber-money

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There is such a strong capitalist precept that if someone isn’t allowed to get rich off of something, then that thing won’t exist. Regularly presenting this counterargument about the public domain is such a refreshing reminder that capitalists as invested, if not more so in gatekeeping and rent-seeking than they are “creating” and “distributing.” Just because they wouldn’t distribute something if it didn’t make them rich, doesn’t mean that’s an indelible feature of humanity…

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Metropolis and the finality of Holmes are notable gets, but I’m a little bummed that no one is talking about public domain Faulkner, Christie, Hemingway, or Wharton. Not to mention the first Hardy Boys book!

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Not sure what you mean. There were a bunch of articles about Hemingway’s work entering public domain last year, to take one example from your list.
By “no one” do you really mean “the Smithsonian?” I’m legitimately confused about your complaint.

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Here and random articles I’ve seen elsewhere the gushing is usually about Metropolis and Holmes. It just seems like there’s a lack of excitement about the other works.

I for one am looking forward to the coming Faulkner and Wharton based slasher movies

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My son, for one, is very excited that Walt Disney’s famous big-eared, shorts-wearing cartoon character finally made it into public domain.

He’s actually working on making his own Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon right now.

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Just be very careful. Steamboat Willie <> Mickey Mouse. Disney is known to be highly litigious.

You get that I was referring to Oswald, right?

Anyway, the old version of Mickey will be public domain next year. Steamboat Willie isn’t the only film with the mouse that was released in 1928.

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Also this: in November, Tom Lehrer placed all of his songs in the public domain. “Help yourselves, and don’t send me any money,” he says. Thanks, Tom!

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