Originally Posted by jbcohen
Is there a list of american writers who are now in the public domain?
All works published before 1923, no matter how long the author lived...Plus various other works that were not renewed under US copyright law (pre 1978). That's the short answer. The long answer would take pages....
(Here's an example - Britsh author wrtes story in 1940. Story is first published in the US. US copyright is for 28 years (at the time) with one 28 year renewal, which must be done in a particular time frame to be valid. Copyright was not renewed. PD is the US? Nobody knows...(Project Gutenberg won't touch because of the internation copyright implication... I know, I asked...) Probably under copyright due to the recent SCOTUS "Peter and the Wolf" ruling...)