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What is Public Domain Day?

Copyright protection is only temporarily. Works created in The Netherlands are  commonly free of copyrights on January 1, 70 years after the original author died. That is why the first day of the year also is referred to as Public Domain Day, a day to celebrate that new works have become available in the public domain.

On the 5th of January we will discuss, look at and listen to the works that are now part of the public domain and their makers who died in 1947. The photo on the front page consist of just a few of these people: writer and composer Willem Pijper, art forger Han van Meegeren and childrens’ books writer Anke Servaes.

The work of these people can be revived. They can be used on Wikipedia, remixed to new works and can be used for new publications.

The event will take place in the National Library of The Netherlands and will be Dutch spoken.