2021 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 enter the public domain in 2021. Since laws vary globally, the copyright status of some works are not uniform.

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

With the exception of Belarus and 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. For previously unpublished material, those who publish it first will have the publication rights for 25 years. The list is sorted alphabetically and includes a notable work of the creator that entered the public domain on January 1, 2021.

Names Country Birth Death Occupation Notable work
Sri Aurobindo  India 15 August 1872 5 December 1950 Philosopher, yogi, guru, poet, and nationalist The Life Divine, Synthesis of Yoga, Savitri: A Legend and a Symbol
Sergei Bakhrushin [ru]  Russia 8 October 1882 8 March 1950 Historian
Pavel Bazhov  Russia 27 January 1879 3 December 1950 Writer The Malachite Box
Max Beckmann  Germany 12 February 1884 27 December 1950 Painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor
Lev Berg  Russia 14 March 1876 24 December 1950 Geographer, biologist and ichthyologist
Léon Blum  France 9 April 1872 30 March 1950 Politician Les Problèmes De La Paix
Ambrogio Bollati [it]  Italy 26 November 1871 26 March 1950 General, Historian Works
Herbert Ashwin Budd United Kingdom United Kingdom 1881 1950 Painter
Edgar Rice Burroughs United States United States 1 September 1875 19 March 1950 Author of adventure and science fiction Tarzan and Barsoom
Alfonso Daniel Rodríguez Castelao  Spain 29 January 1886 7 January 1950 Painter
Erle Cox  Australia 15 August 1873 20 November 1950 Journalist and science fiction writer Out of the Silence
Walter Eucken  Germany 17 January 1891 20 March 1950 Economist Works
Heydar Huseynov  Azerbaijan 3 April 1908 15 August 1950 Philosopher Dialectical Materialism
Rex Ingram  United States 15 January 1892 2 July 1950 Film director, producer, writer and actor The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, The Prisoner of Zenda
Johannes V. Jensen  Denmark 20 January 1873 25 November 1950 Author The Long Journey
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky  Russia 11 February 1887 28 December 1950 Writer
Heinrich Mann  Germany 27 March 1871 11 March 1950 Writer Professor Unrat
Ali Moustafa Mosharafa  Egypt 11 July 1898 16 January 1950 Theoretical physicist
Pavel Muratov  Russia 3 March 1881 5 February 1950 Writer, art historian Images of Italy
Vaslav Nijinsky  Russia 12 March 1889 8 April 1950 Ballet dancer and choreographer Diary
George Orwell  United Kingdom 25 June 1903 21 January 1950 Journalist and author Animal Farm, Nineteen Eighty-Four
Ernest Poole United States United States 23 January 1880 10 January 1950 Writer His Family
R. R. Ryan  United Kingdom 14 December 1882 18 October 1950 Author
Eliel Saarinen  Russian Empire ( Finland)
 United States
August 20, 1873 July 1, 1950 Architect Works
Theophrastos Sakellaridis  Greece 7 September 1883 2 January 1950 Composer, conductor Ο Βαφτιστικός
Joseph Schumpeter  Austria 8 February 1883 8 January 1950 Economist Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy
George Bernard Shaw  United Kingdom 26 July 1856 2 November 1950 Writer Man and Superman, Pygmalion, Saint Joan
Forrest Shreve United States United States 8 July 1878 19 July 1950 Botanist Works
Jan Smuts  South Africa 24 May 1870 11 September 1950 Statesman, military leader, and philosopher Holism and Evolution
Olaf Stapledon  United Kingdom 10 May 1886 6 September 1950 Philosopher and science fiction author Star Maker, Last and First Men and Odd John
Henry L. Stimson United States United States 21 September 1867 20 October 1950 Politician Democracy And Nationalism In Europe
Tatiana Sukhotina-Tolstaya  Russia 4 October 1864 21 September 1950 Painter and memoirist
Attilio Teruzzi  Italy 5 May 1882 26 April 1950 Politician Cirenaica Verde
Xavier Villaurrutia  Mexico 27 March 1903 25 December 1950 Poet, Playwright Works
Archibald P. Wavell  United Kingdom 5 May 1883 24 May 1950 General Generals And Generalship
Kurt Weill  Germany 3 February 1900 3 April 1950 Composer The Threepenny Opera
Hiroshi Yoshida  Japan 19 September 1876 5 April 1950 Painter

Entering 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
Abdul Hosein Amini  Iran 1902 3 July 1970 Theologian Al-Ghadir
Fernando Arbello  Puerto Rico 30 May 1907 26 July 1970 Musician
Otto Baecker  Germany 7 January 1898 22 May 1970 Cinematographer Gold
Goerge Blair  United States 6 December 1905 19 April 1970 Film Director
William J. Brown  United States 1970 Architect
Mohamed Fadhel Ben Achour  Tunisia 16 October 1909 20 April 1970 Theologian Works
Émile Coderre [fr] Canada Canada 10 June 1893 6 April 1970 Poet Works
Mohamed Abdelaziz Djaït [fr] Tunisia Tunisia 1886 5 January 1970 Theologian Works
E. M. Forster  United Kingdom 1 January 1879 7 June 1970 Writer Works
Maurice Gemayel  Lebanon 1910 31 October 1970 Politician Tripoli and Decentralization
Muhsin al-Hakim  Iraq 1889 1970 Theologian Minhaj as-Saleheen
Lawren Harris  Canada 23 October 1885 29 January 1970 Painter
Marlen Haushofer  Austria 11 April 1920 21 March 1970 Writer
William Archibald Mackintosh Canada Canada 21 May 1895 29 December 1970 Economist Economic Problems Of The Prairie Provinces
Yukio Mishima Japan Japan 14 January 1925 25 November 1970 Novelist, playwright, poet, writer, essayist, critic Works
Gamal Abdel Nasser  Egypt 15 January 1918 28 September 1970 Politician Philosophy of Revolution
Charles Olson  United States 27 December 1910 10 January 1970 Poet Works
Alf Prøysen  Norway 23 July 1914 23 November 1970 Musician, Writer, Composer Works
Ali Riahi [fr] Tunisia Tunisia 30 March 1912 27 March 1970 Musician
Hassan Taqizadeh Iran Iran 27 September 1878 28 January 1970 Politician Old Iranian Calendars
Jacob Viner Canada Canada 3 May 1892 12 September 1970 Economist Works
Nelly Sachs  German Empire
 Sweden
10 October 1891 12 May 1970 Poet, Writer Works
William Stewart Wallace Canada Canada 23 June 1884 11 March 1970 Historian Encyclopedia of Canada
Mahmoud Zulfikar Egypt Egypt 18 February 1914 22 May 1970 Director

Entering the public domain in Australia[edit]

In 2004 copyright in Australia changed from a "plus 50" law to a "plus 70" law, in line with America and the European Union. But the change was not made retroactive (unlike the 1995 change in the European Union which bought some e.g. British authors back into copyright, especially those who died from 1925 to 1944). Hence the work of an author who died before 1955 is normally in the public domain in Australia; but the copyright of authors was extended to 70 years after death for those who died in 1955 or later, and no more Australian authors will come out of copyright until 1 January 2026 (those who died in 1955).

Entering the public domain in the United States[edit]

No United States audio recordings will enter the public domain (as those before 1972 were covered by state laws only), but international audio recordings published in 1925 enter the public domain. All sheet music published in 1925 enter the public domain. Under the Music Modernization Act, United States audio recordings published in 1925 will enter the public domain in 2026.

Under the Copyright Term Extension Act, books published in 1925, films released in 1925, and other works published in 1925, will enter the public domain in 2021.[1]

Unpublished works whose authors died in 1950 will enter the public domain.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Copyright and the Public Domain". Public Domain Information Project. Archived from the original on 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2019-01-23.

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