2011 in public domain

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When a work's copyright expires, it enters the public domain. The following is a list of works that entered the public domain in 2011. Since laws vary globally, the copyright status of some works are not uniform.

Entered the public domain in countries with life + 70 years[edit]

With the exception of Belarus & Spain (which has a copyright term of Life + 80 years for creators that died before 1987), a work enters the public domain in Europe 70 years after the creator's death, if it was published during the creator's lifetime.[1][2] The list is sorted alphabetically and includes a notable work of the creator that entered the public domain on January 1, 2011.

Names Country Birth Death Occupation Notable work
Walter Benjamin Germany Germany 15 July 1892 26 September 1940 Philosopher The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
E. F. Benson United Kingdom United Kingdom 24 July 1867 29 February 1940 Writer, archeologist Mapp and Lucia: Queen Lucia, Miss Mapp
John Buchan  United Kingdom 26 August 1875 11 February 1940 Writer, politician List of works by John Buchan
Mikhail Bulgakov  Russia 15 May 1891 10 March 1940 Writer Heart of a Dog
Jan F. E. Celliers  South Africa 12 January 1865 1 June 1940 Writer Die Vlakte en ander gedigte
F. Scott Fitzgerald  United States 24 September 1896 21 December 1940 Writer The Great Gatsby
Louis Fles Netherlands Netherlands 19 October 1872 24 May 1940 Businessman, author Hitler, hervormer of misdadiger?
Emma Goldman United States United States 27 June 1869 14 May 1940 Writer, anarchist Living My Life
Walter Hasenclever  Germany 8 July 1890 22 June 1940 Poet, playwright The Son
Verner von Heidenstam Sweden Sweden 6 July 1859 20 May 1940 Writer Folkunga Trädet
John A. Hobson United Kingdom United Kingdom 6 July 1858 1 April 1940 Economist List of works by John A. Hobson
Paul Klee   Switzerland 18 December 1879 29 June 1940 Artist Paul Klee Notebooks
Jan Kubelík  Czech Republic 5 July 1880 5 December 1940 Composer
Selma Lagerlöf  Sweden 20 November 1858 16 March 1940 Writer, teacher Gösta Berling's Saga
George Lansbury United Kingdom United Kingdom 22 February 1859 20 May 1940 Politician, editor What I Saw in Russia
Philip Francis Nowlan  United States 13 November 1888 1 February 1940 Science Fiction author Buck Rogers
Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer  Poland 12 February 1865 18 January 1940 Writer The End of the 19th Century, Hymn to Nirvana
Panuganti Lakshminarasimha Rao  India 2 November 1865 1 January 1940 Writer Works
Silvestre Revueltas  Mexico 31 December 1899 5 October 1940 Composer Homenaje a Federico García Lorca
Anton Hansen Tammsaare  Estonia 30 January 1878 1 March 1940 Writer Truth and Justice,
Menno ter Braak  Netherlands 26 January 1902 14 May 1940 Writer Het nationaal-socialisme als rancuneleer
Leon Trotsky  Russia 7 November 1879 21 August 1940 Marxist theorist List of books by Leon Trotsky
Mary Vaux Walcott United States United States 31 July 1860 22 August 1940 Artist North American wildflowers
Édouard Vuillard  France 11 November 1868 21 June 1940 Artist The Seamstress
Nathanael West United States United States 17 October 1903 22 December 1940 Author, screenwriter The Day of the Locust

Entered the public domain in countries with life + 50 years[edit]

In most countries of Africa and Asia, as well as Belarus, Bolivia, Canada, New Zealand, Egypt and Uruguay; a work enters the public domain 50 years after the creator's death.

Names Country Birth Death Occupation Notable work
Chris van Abkoude  Netherlands 6 November 1880 2 January 1960 Writer, Novelist Pietje Bell
Albert Camus  France 7 November 1913 4 January 1960 Philosopher, author The Stranger
Victor Sjöström  Sweden 20 September 1879 3 January 1960 Film director, actor The Phantom Carriage

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EU Extends Copyright Term To 70 Years | Billboard". Billboard.biz. 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2014-01-07.
  2. ^ Directive 2006/116/EC