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Books Entering the Public Domain in 2023

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Once a work is in the public domain, no one owns the copyright and therefore anyone can,

Before I get into the books that enter the public domain in 2023, a brief refresher on how

Please note that I will focus on the United States, and that every country’s laws are

I can license those rights to you — for example, selling a story to a magazine — or even

In some cases, a title can be trademarked, but only if the applicant can prove that they

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So why do copyrighted works enter the public domain? Because copyright has a term limit

Due to legal shenanigans, some works created before 1978 have longer terms

To be exact, books published in 1927, films released in 1927, other works like magazine articles published in 1927, and

(Due to separate rules, sound recordings from 1923 also enter public domain, which I assume includes songs!)

So what’s in the public domain in 2023? The list is fascinating! The big news is that

Other than that, there are no huge titles like Gatsby or Pooh, but there are several very

In this novel by one of the greatest (white) writers focused on the American West, a Catholic

Cather based her character on the real life figures Jean-Baptiste Lamy and Joseph Projectus Machebeuf

This book features Hercule Poirot, and is the fifth to enter the public domain

(Also entering the public domain is the first Miss Marple story, “The Tuesday Night Club,” which was

(Ulysses, also published by Shakespeare and Company, hit the public domain five years ago

This is Milne’s second book of poems for and about Christopher Robin

The House at Pooh Corner, his second book of stories about Winnie-the-Pooh, will enter the public domain

I don’t know if this stream-of-conscience novel will inspire as many remixes as Gatsby, but it

Sayers, the third novel featuring Lord Peter Wimsey; Naruto Hitcho by Eiji Yoshikawa; The Bridge of San

Plays entering the public domain include Porgy by DuBose Heyward and Dorothy Heyward and Hamilton Deane’s

Eliot’s “Journey of the Magi,” and several poems and stories by W