I received this email from James Boyle at Duke:
Dear Tyler, An early Happy New Year to you and your family — I hope all is well? You may remember our annual survey of the stuff that would be entering the public domain if we had the copyright laws from 1976.
The list this year is a particularly scrumptious one. The mouseover of the book covers is another pleasure.· Samuel Beckett, Endgame (“Fin de partie”, the original French version)· Jack Kerouac, On the Road (completed 1951, published 1957)· Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged· Margret Rey and H.A. Rey, Curious George Gets a Medal· Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), How the Grinch Stole Christmas and The Cat in the Hat· Eliot Ness and Oscar Fraley, The Untouchables· Northrop Frye, Anatomy of Criticism: Four Essays· Walter Lord, Day of Infamy· Studs Terkel, Giants of Jazz· Corbett H. Thigpen and Hervey M. Cleckley, The Three Faces of Eve· Ian Fleming, From Russia, with Love· A.E. Van Vogt, Empire of the Atom
The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Farewell to Arms, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, 3:10 to Yuma, 12 Angry Men, Jailhouse Rock, Funny Face, An Affair to Remember, Nights of Cabiria and The Seventh Seal..
(Is this list depressing when set against 2013?)
In the world of fine arts, Picasso’s Las Meninas set of paintings… only themselves legal because no copyright covered Velazquez’s.. would also be entering the public domain.