2022 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 2022. 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 (Life + 50 years) 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 For previously unpublished material, those who publish it first will have the publication rights for 25 years.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 1 January 2022.

List of authors
Names Country Birth Death Occupation Notable work
Choudhry Rahmat Ali Pakistan Pakistan 16 November 1897 3 February 1951 Jurist Works
Muhammad Ali India India 1874 13 October 1951 Writer Works
Egbert Van Alstyne United States United States 4 March 1878 9 July 1951 Composer
Henry W. Armstrong United States United States 22 July 1879 28 February 1951 Composer Sweet Adeline
Mohammad-Taqi Bahar Iran Iran 10 December 1886 22 April 1951 Poet
Gaspar Agüero Barreras Cuba Cuba 15 February 1873 18 May 1951 Pianist, composer
Algernon Blackwood United Kingdom United Kingdom 14 March 1869 10 December 1951 Journalist and author Incredible Adventures, "The Willows", "The Wendigo" and The Doll and One Other
Francisco Boix Spain Spain 31 August 1920 7 July 1951 Photographer Photographs of Mauthausen concentration camp
Ivanoe Bonomi Italy Italy 18 October 1873 20 April 1951 Politician Works
Lloyd C. Douglas United States United States 27 August 1877 13 February 1951 Writer, Pastor Magnificent Obsession, The Robe
'Abd al-'Aziz Fahmi [it] Egypt Egypt 23 December 1870 1951 Poet
Josef Bohuslav Foerster Czech Republic Czech Republic 30 December 1859 29 May 1951 Composer
André Gide France France 22 November 1869 19 February 1951 Writer, Nobel Prize laureate Les faux-monnayeurs
Bert Grant United States United States 12 July 1878 9 May 1951 Composer When the Angelus is Ringing
René Guenon France France 15 November 1886 7 January 1951 Philosopher and Sufi Scholar The Symbolism of the Cross
Sadegh Hedayat Iran Iran 17 February 1903 9 April 1951 Writer, Poet The Blind Owl
Karl Maria Kaufmann [de] Germany Germany 2 March 1872 6 February 1951 Archeologist Works
Ernestina Lecuona Cuba Cuba 16 January 1882 3 September 1951 Pianist, composer
Sinclair Lewis United States United States 7 February 1885 10 January 1951 Writer Main Street, Babbitt, Arrowsmith
Ana Aurora do Amaral Lisboa (pt) Brazil Brazil 24 September 1860 22 March 1951 Poet
Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim Finland Finland 4 June 1867 27 January 1951 Politician Memories
Nikolai Medtner Russia Russia 5 January 1880 13 November 1951 Composer
Giuseppe Mulè Italy Italy 28 June 1885 10 September 1951 Composer
Godofredo Rangel Brazil Brazil 21 November 1884 4 August 1951 Writer and translator
Sigmund Romberg United States United States 29 July 1887 9 November 1951 Composer
Harry Schmidt Germany Germany 21 June 1894 7 September 1951 Mathematician Works
Arnold Schoenberg Austria Austria
United States United States
13 September 1874 13 July 1951 Composer, music theorist
Houcine Slaoui MoroccoMorocco 1921 1951 Musician Discography
Pamela Colman Smith United Kingdom United Kingdom 16 February 1878 18 September 1951 Illustrator Rider-Waite tarot deck
Henry De Vere Stacpoole Republic of Ireland Ireland
United Kingdom United Kingdom
9 April 1863 12 April 1951 Writer The Blue Lagoon
Ludwig Wittgenstein Austria Austria
United Kingdom United Kingdom
26 April 1889 29 April 1951 Philosopher Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Philosophical Investigations
Corrado Zoli Italy Italy 3 January 1877 8 December 1951 Writer Works

Entering the public domain in Spain[edit]

Spain has a copyright term of life + 80 years for creators that died before 1987. The list is sorted alphabetically and includes a notable work of the creator that entered the public domain on 1 January 2022.

List of authors
Names Country Birth Death Occupation Notable work
Prudenci Bertrana Spain Spain 1867 1941 Writer Entre la terra i els núvols
José Fernández del Villar [es] Spain Spain 26 December 1888 2 April 1941 Playwright Plays

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
Kate Aitken Canada Canada 6 April 1891 11 December 1971 Broadcaster Books
Ya'qoub Al-Oudat Jordan Jordan 1909 23 September 1971 Poet, Biographer Biography of Mustafa Wahbi et-Tull
Brock Chisholm Canada Canada 18 May 1896 4 February 1971 Psychiatrist Works
Abd El-Razzak El-Sanhuri Egypt Egypt 1895 21 July 1971 legal scholar Al-Waseet fil Qanun
Abdul Jabbar Jomard Iraq Iraq 1909 30 November 1971 Historian, Poet
Ghulam Rasool Mehr Pakistan Pakistan 13 April 1895 16 November 1971 Muslim scholar Books
Jim Morrison United States United States 8 December 1943 3 July 1971 Musician The Doors discography
Ogden Nash United States United States 19 August 1902 19 May 1971 Poet Works
Andre Ryder Greece Greece
Egypt Egypt
10 August 1908 5 March 1971 Musician
Tawfīq Sāyigh [de] State of Palestine Palestine 1923 1971 Poet
Stevie Smith United KingdomUnited Kingdom 20 September 1902 7 March 1971 Poet, Novelist Works
Frank Underhill Canada Canada 26 November 1889 16 September 1971 Historian Upper Canadian Politics in the 1850s

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).[1]

Entering the public domain in the United States[edit]

All sheet music published in 1926 enters the public domain.[citation needed] Under the Music Modernization Act, tens of thousands of sound recordings that were published before 1923 will enter the public domain on 1 January 2022.[2][3] The Library of Congress says that this will result in "Increased public and online access to previously unavailable recordings and expanded opportunities to explore the earliest days of our sound recording heritage."[2] No sound recordings that were published after 1922 will enter the public domain.[4]

Under the Copyright Term Extension Act, books published in 1926, films released in 1926 (including Don Juan one of the early sound films), and other works published in 1926, will enter the public domain in 2022.[5]

Notable books entering the public domain in the United States include Winnie-the-Pooh and The Sun Also Rises.[6]

Unpublished works whose authors died in 1951 will enter the public domain.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "How long does copyright last? | National Library of Australia". www.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b Jenkins, Amanda (5 February 2019). "Copyright Breakdown: The Music Modernization Act | Now See Hear!". blogs.loc.gov. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
  3. ^ Fishman, Stephen (2020). The Public Domain: How to Find & Use Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art & More. Nolo. p. 332. ISBN 978-1-4133-2757-1.
  4. ^ Hirtle, Peter B. (3 January 2020). "Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States". Cornell University Library Copyright Information Center. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Copyright and the Public Domain". Public Domain Information Project. Archived from the original on 1 August 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  6. ^ Bailey, Jonathan. "Copyright and Metropolis". Plagiarism Today. Retrieved 10 June 2020.

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