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Old 01-01-2010, 10:00 AM   #13
Elfwreck
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I want to cry. What Could Have Been Entering the Public Domain on January 1, 2010?

...would be entering the public domain if we had the pre-1978 copyright laws
  • Agatha Christie’s A Pocket Full of Rye
  • Ray Bradbury’s dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451
  • C.S. Lewis’s The Silver Chair (the fourth book in The Chronicles of Narnia)
  • J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories
  • Leon Uris’s Battle Cry
  • James Baldwin’s Go Tell It On the Mountain
  • Ian Fleming's Casino Royal
  • Robert Heinlein’s Starman Jones
  • Isaac Asimov’s Second Foundation
  • Arthur Clarke’s Childhood's End
  • First issue of Playboy, with Marylin Monroe on the cover
  • Watson and Crick Nature article on the double helix of DNA
Movies:
  • Abbott and Costello Go To Mars
  • From Here to Eternity
  • Hondo (starring John Wayne)
  • Kiss Me Kate (starring Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel)
  • Julius Caesar (starring Marlon Brando)
  • Walt Disney's Peter Pan
  • H.G. Well's The War of the Worlds
  • the cult classic Glen or Glenda
Plus, of course, ~85% of the content created in 1981.

Lists like this are problematic... they focus on big-name, well-known works, and many people react by saying, "well, why *shouldn't* the writer/publisher still be making money from it? It's still in use!" We don't have lists of the thousands of lesser-known, not-in-print books and movies that probably wouldn't have been renewed after 28 years, and certainly would've been available after 56.
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