More Than 50,000 Works from 1923 Just Entered the Public Domain

Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp debuts in Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914), Chaplin’s second released film.

(From CNN)

As of January 1, tens of thousands of works from 1923 have been released into the public domain from creators like Charlie Chaplin, Cecil B. DeMille, Louis Armstrong, Bela Bartok, Agatha Christie and e.e. cummings. . . .

Thanks to changing laws and thorny international copyright systems, such a release hasn’t happened in two decades.

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