What Copyrighted Works Become Public Domain in 2023?

On this Steve Shives video, he looks at some of the more significant copyrighted works that are entering the public domain in 2023.

These works include The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, the last of Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories (meaning all of the Holmes stories are now public domain), Agatha Christie’s The Big Four, and Upton Sinclair’s Oil! (which the film There Will Be Blood was based on).

In music, Irving Berlin’s “Puttin on the Ritz” is now public domain, as is the “Ice Cream” song (“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream”).

The in the domain of film, the Peter Lawford film, Good News, and Wings, with Clara Bow, and the sci-fi masterpiece, Metropolis, directed by Fritz Lang, and London After Midnight, starring Lon Chaney.

You can see the entire list of works entering the public domain this year here.


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