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.

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.

On the 10th of January 2020 we will discuss, look at and listen to the works that are now part of the public domain in The Netherlands and their makers who died in 1949. This is the third year in a row that this event is organised. The event will be Dutch spoken.

International celebrations in 2020

There is currently an international survey for people and/or organisations that will be or are interested in organising Public Domain Day in their country. Are you interested in contributing in your country? Then please fill in the survey below (direct link to the survey in case the survey is not showing correct on your device). There is a map of the countries where an event will or might take place below the survey.

GREEN: At least one person indicated to be organising an event in their country.
ORANGE: At least one person indicated to be interested in organising an event, but there are no concrete plans yet.
RED: at least one person indicated to be interested in attending an event.