2022 in public domain
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
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 For previously unpublished material, those who publish it first will have the publication rights for 25 years.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.
|Choudhry Rahmat Ali||Pakistan||16 November 1897||3 February 1951||Jurist||Works|
|Muhammad Ali||India||1874||13 October 1951||Writer||Works|
|Egbert Van Alstyne||United States||4 March 1878||9 July 1951||Composer|
|Henry W. Armstrong||United States||22 July 1879||28 February 1951||Composer||Sweet Adeline|
|Mohammad-Taqi Bahar||Iran||10 December 1886||22 April 1951||Poet|
|Gaspar Agüero Barreras||Cuba||15 February 1873||18 May 1951||Pianist, composer|
|Algernon Blackwood||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||31 August 1920||7 July 1951||Photographer||Photographs of Mauthausen concentration camp|
|Ivanoe Bonomi||Italy||18 October 1873||20 April 1951||Politician||Works|
|Lloyd C. Douglas||United States||27 August 1877||13 February 1951||Writer, Pastor||Magnificent Obsession, The Robe|
|'Abd al-'Aziz Fahmi||Egypt||23 December 1870||1951||Poet|
|Josef Bohuslav Foerster||Czech Republic||30 December 1859||29 May 1951||Composer|
|André Gide||France||22 November 1869||19 February 1951||Writer, Nobel Prize laureate||Les faux-monnayeurs|
|Bert Grant||United States||12 July 1878||9 May 1951||Composer||When the Angelus is Ringing|
|René Guenon||France||15 November 1886||7 January 1951||Philosopher and Sufi Scholar||The Symbolism of the Cross|
|Sadegh Hedayat||Iran||17 February 1903||9 April 1951||Writer, Poet||The Blind Owl|
|Karl Maria Kaufmann||Germany||2 March 1872||6 February 1951||Archeologist||Works|
|Ernestina Lecuona||Cuba||16 January 1882||3 September 1951||Pianist, composer|
|Sinclair Lewis||United States||7 February 1885||10 January 1951||Writer||Main Street, Babbitt, Arrowsmith|
|Ana Aurora do Amaral Lisboa (pt)||Brazil||24 September 1860||22 March 1951||Poet|
|Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim||Finland||4 June 1867||27 January 1951||Politician||Memories|
|Nikolai Medtner||Russia||5 January 1880||13 November 1951||Composer|
|Giuseppe Mulè||Italy||28 June 1885||10 September 1951||Composer|
|Godofredo Rangel||Brazil||21 November 1884||4 August 1951||Writer and translator|
|Sigmund Romberg||United States||29 July 1887||9 November 1951||Composer|
|Harry Schmidt||Germany||21 June 1894||7 September 1951||Mathematician||Works|
|Arnold Schoenberg|| Austria
|13 September 1874||13 July 1951||Composer, music theorist|
|Pamela Colman Smith||United Kingdom||16 February 1878||18 September 1951||Illustrator||Rider-Waite tarot deck|
|Henry De Vere Stacpoole|| Ireland
|9 April 1863||12 April 1951||Writer||The Blue Lagoon|
|Ludwig Wittgenstein|| Austria
|26 April 1889||29 April 1951||Philosopher||Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, Philosophical Investigations|
|Corrado Zoli||Italy||3 January 1877||8 December 1951||Writer||Works|
Entering the public domain in Spain
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.
|Prudenci Bertrana||Spain||1867||1941||Writer||Entre la terra i els núvols|
|José Fernández del Villar||Spain||26 December 1888||2 April 1941||Playwright||Plays|
Entering the public domain in countries with life + 50 years
|Kate Aitken||Canada||6 April 1891||11 December 1971||Broadcaster||Books|
|Ya'qoub Al-Oudat||Jordan||1909||23 September 1971||Poet, Biographer||Biography of Mustafa Wahbi et-Tull|
|Brock Chisholm||Canada||18 May 1896||4 February 1971||Psychiatrist||Works|
|Abd El-Razzak El-Sanhuri||Egypt||1895||21 July 1971||legal scholar||Al-Waseet fil Qanun|
|Abdul Jabbar Jomard||Iraq||1909||30 November 1971||Historian, Poet|
|Ghulam Rasool Mehr||Pakistan||13 April 1895||16 November 1971||Muslim scholar||Books|
|Jim Morrison||United States||8 December 1943||3 July 1971||Musician||The Doors discography|
|Ogden Nash||United States||19 August 1902||19 May 1971||Poet||Works|
|Andre Ryder|| Greece
|10 August 1908||5 March 1971||Musician|
|Stevie Smith||United Kingdom||20 September 1902||7 March 1971||Poet, Novelist||Works|
|Frank Underhill||Canada||26 November 1889||16 September 1971||Historian||Upper Canadian Politics in the 1850s|
Entering the public domain in Australia
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
All sheet music published in 1926 enters the public domain. 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. 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." No sound recordings that were published after 1922 will enter the public domain.
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.
Unpublished works whose authors died in 1951 will enter the public domain.
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- Jenkins, Amanda (5 February 2019). "Copyright Breakdown: The Music Modernization Act | Now See Hear!". blogs.loc.gov. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
- 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.
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- "Copyright and the Public Domain". Public Domain Information Project. Archived from the original on 1 August 2014. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
- Bailey, Jonathan. "Copyright and Metropolis". Plagiarism Today. Retrieved 10 June 2020.
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