New Year’s Day now marks public domain day, the day when new works enter into the public domain. While Europe marks the entry of James Joyce into its public domain, Joyce has been in the public domain in Canada for the past 20 years, serving as an important reminder of the implications of the term of copyright. In Canada, the term is life of the author plus 50 years, consistent with international law. In the U.S. and Europe, the term exceeds international requirements by adding an additional 20 years, meaning many works take two more decades to enter the public domain. Wallace McLean offers his annual list of new entrants
into the Canadian public domain, which notably includes Ernest Hemingway, Carl Jung, and former UN Secretary General Dag HammarskjÃ¶ld. Happy public domain day and happy new year to all!