Faulkner, Hesse Lead Public Domain Day 2013

Wednesday January 02, 2013
Wallace McLean has posted his annual celebration of public domain day, listing dozens of authors whose work entered into the public domain in Canada on New Year's Day. Notable names this year include Nobel Prize winners William Faulkner and Herman Hesse as well as  poet e.e. cummings. The list is particularly notable this year as Canada is participating in the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, which include U.S. proposals to extend the term of copyright in Canada to life of the author plus 70 years (from the current life plus 50).  If adopted, the change would mean that no new works would enter the Canadian public domain for two decades.