Public Domain

Public Domain Day 2022

Under U.S. law, works published in 1926 will enter the public domain on January 1, 2022.

New titles used to enter the public domain annually, as their copyrights expired, but the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 froze the public domain for the next 20 years. As of January 1st 2019, we can enjoy and celebrate the addition of new public domain works every year, from books to movies to musical scores.

Notable Public Domain 2022 Works at UTSA Libraries

For more information on items entering the public domain in 2022, visit this page.

Music Modernization Act of 2018

In 2018 the U.S. Congress passed the Music Modernization Act (MMA), which changed the law to allow all sound recordings prior to 1923 to have their copyrights expire in the US on January 1, 2022. Prior to this act, these recordings would not have entered the public domain until 2067. 

This huge addition to the public domain also includes the majority of recordings in the Library of Congress' National Jukebox collection, which makes them free to download and re-use for any purpose.

Notable Public Domain Works in UTSA Libraries Special Collections

The following are a selection of local San Antonio titles that are entering the public domain in 2022 in our Special Collections.