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Georgia Libraries Conference

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On January 1, 2019, works copyrighted in 1923 will enter the public domain. This is the first time works have entered the public domain in 20 years. In this presentation, we will define the public domain and explain how works enter the public domain. We’ll provide some key resources for locating public domain content, and we’ll engage the audience in a brief activity demonstrating the use of public domain works in research and teaching. Finally, we will discuss legislative developments that may impact some works entering the public domain going forward.