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Old 12-04-2018, 12:18 AM   #1
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Just a handful that I know of, off the top of my head.

2019 Anna Masteron Buchan d 1948
2019 Malcolm Campbell : d 1948
2019 A E W Mason: d 1948
2020 Axel Munthe d 1949
2020 Richard Connell d 1949
2021 Warwick Deeping d 1950
2021 George Orwell d 1950
2021 Rafael Sabatini d. 1950
2022 Peter Cheyney d 1951
2022 Sinclair Lewis d 1951
2022 James Norman Hall d 1951
2023 Gilbert Frankau d 1952
2023 Jeffery Farnol d 1952
2023 Fulton Oursler d 1952
2024 Josephine Tey d 1953
2024 Dylan Thomas d 1953
2025 Sydney Horler: d 1954
2025 Robert Ames Bennett d 1954
2025 James Hilton d. 1954

James Normal Hall teamed with Nordhoff for the Bounty trilogy; Nordhoff d 1947.
Fulton Oursler wrote mysteries under the name Anthony Abbott
Richard Connell wrote "Most Dangerous Game".
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:51 AM   #2
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It'll be nice to see PD versions of the Nordhoff and Hall Bounty trilogy. Orwell, Sabatini and Lewis are the other biggies to me. But 2022 seems to be so far away...
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Old 12-04-2018, 11:26 AM   #3
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Old 12-04-2018, 01:46 PM   #4
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Of course even if a country is Life Plus 70 there can be all kinds of exceptions. A lot of works in the US from certain periods are 95 years after publication for example. I don't know if any other countries are as complex as US copyright can be though.


A good reference for US folks...
https://copyright.cornell.edu/publicdomain
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:13 PM   #5
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The names I listed are there because they are PD here in Australia already. Aus was +50 until 2005, then +70, but the new regime was not retrospective so any author in the +50 PD didn't go back into copyright for 20 years. Effectively, the cutoff for PD has been 1954; any author who died in 1955 onwards was copyright, anyone before is PD.
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All of these authors would have been in the public domain in the US and elsewhere by now had they not retroactively lengthened the copyright term after their deaths. Of course, nothing "promotes the progress of science and useful arts" (to use the phrase from the US constitution) more than increasing the copyright term after they're dead.

Australia won't see any new public domain works for another 7 years, and 2019 will probably be the last year Canada will see new public domain works for the next two decades.
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Australia won't see any new public domain works for another 7 years, and 2019 will probably be the last year Canada will see new public domain works for the next two decades.
Or, alternatively, Canada may follow the route the UK took when we changed our copyright term from life+50 to life+70 and renew copyright protection on those works which fell once more into life+70 protection.
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It'll be nice to see PD versions of the Nordhoff and Hall Bounty trilogy. Orwell, Sabatini and Lewis are the other biggies to me. But 2022 seems to be so far away...
Note that none of this is applicable to you. These works will not be in the US public domain in the stated years.
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Note that none of this is applicable to you. These works will not be in the US public domain in the stated years.
But for the first time in many years, the USA will be able to celebrate Public Domain Day. Everything published during 1923 in the US will come into the US public domain on 1st January 2019.....

....unless their 'Lame Duck' Congress passes an extension at the last minute.
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But for the first time in many years, the USA will be able to celebrate Public Domain Day. Everything published during 1923 in the US will come into the US public domain on 1st January 2019.....

....unless their 'Lame Duck' Congress passes an extension at the last minute.
Very unlikely. Big media isn't in good odor with the congress, for a variety of reasons, starting with Disney and moving down from there.
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Or, alternatively, Canada may follow the route the UK took when we changed our copyright term from life+50 to life+70 and renew copyright protection on those works which fell once more into life+70 protection.
If Canada retroactively returns the works from authors who died between 50 and 70 years ago to copyright in 2019, it will still be twenty years before they see any new books in the public domain. Granted, they would see some formerly public domain books re-enter the public domain in the next 20 years.

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Or, alternatively, Canada may follow the route the UK took when we changed our copyright term from life+50 to life+70 and renew copyright protection on those works which fell once more into life+70 protection.
Just out of interest, when did the UK change the copyright length?
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Just out of interest, when did the UK change the copyright length?
It changed in 1995.
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