Public domain day
Each year on 1 January we celebrate Public Domain Day. On this day thousands of works of authors that died 70 years ago enter the public domain and can be used in Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia platforms. Practically this means that if for example an author died in 1946, all his/her works enter the public domain on 1 January 2017.
This results in the restoration of many works on Wikimedia Commons that previously had to be deleted because of copyright, and museums release images that entered the public domain on this day.
Also events are organised to celebrate Public Domain Day.
- 16 January 2016 - Public domain day 2016 event (announcement (fr | nl) (archived (fr | nl)))
- Especially attention for: Diary of Anne Frank
- 25 January 2016 - Public domain day celebration in the European Parliament in Brussels (photos | Vimeo | Communia (archived) | CC (archived))
- 27 May 2017 - Public domain day 2017 event (project page | website Constant: en (A) / fr (A) / nl (A))
- Especially attention for: Léon Spilliaert (Belgian painter)
- 26 May 2018 - Public domain day 2018 event (documentation)
- Especially attention for: Victor Horta (Belgian architect)
- 21 January 2019 - Public domain day 2019 event for heritage professionals (url (archived))
- Public domain day article on the English Wikipedia article
- 2017 in public domain
- Commons:Public Domain Day project page on Wikimedia Commons
- Category:Public Domain Day on Wikimedia Commons
- Project page on Dutch Wikipedia about the release of materials that are public domain since 1 January
Announcements and notices
- ( ) PACKED vzw: lancering van Publiek Domein Werkgroep, 31 March 2018 (archived)