Public Domain DayWelcome to OSU’s Celebration of Public Domain Day 2019

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Public Domain Day is the day we celebrate those works that have entered the public domain. This year’s Public Domain Day is a special occasion; January 1, 2019 will mark the first time in many years that works first registered or published in the U.S. will enter the public domain in the U.S. due to expiration of their copyright term. For the past 20 years, these works have remained protected by copyright due to a retroactive extension of copyright under the 1998 Copyright Term Extension Act. But now, as public domain works, these creative materials will be free of copyright protection in the U.S.

The Ohio State University Libraries and School of Music are celebrating this legal landmark by spotlighting musical compositions that will be entering the public domain—compositions first registered or published in the United States in 1923.

Digital scores of compositions have been made available on this website in the Music & Audio section. In addition, new recordings from select compositions will be made available throughout the term of the project. Unless otherwise noted, these recordings will be dedicated to the public domain under the terms of Creative Common (CC0) 1.0 Universal.

Live events will be offered in 2019 and beyond. You can find more information on these events in the Events section.