Public Domain Day - January 1
Mon, Jan 1, 2024

Public Domain Day

Public Domain Day is celebrated on January 1st. Copyright expires annually, making designs National Treasures. In the US, this takes 70 years after the death of the person who created the work. In some cases, the period is extended – it depends on many factors.


Wallace McLean, who lives in Canada, has always been distinguished by his zeal for community service. So here – it was he who made every effort to create a holiday. To do this, he went a long way, enlisted the support of respected individuals and organizations. In 2001, the Creative Commons was formed with the main goal of increasing the number of works for the general public. In 2004, Public Domain Day acquired the traditional nature of public life.

The catalog of available works and authors appeared on the first day of 2010. Today, anyone can easily go to the site and use the works of various authors without hindrance. Every year there are only more works!

Interesting facts

Did you know:

  • the author can make the work fully available during his lifetime;
  • such works can be used without payment of royalties;
  • the works of William Shakespeare have always been in the public domain;
  • At the international level, the holiday was held for the first time in 2020.

How to celebrate

Read available literature on the Internet – even a few lifetimes will not be enough to get acquainted with all the works. Fantasize and write sequels to books in your own way, or read the interpretations of ordinary people. Try to add your vision to the paintings. Organize a themed party and invite your friends. Share the importance of the holiday on social media.

When is Public Domain Day celebrated in 2024?

Public Domain Day is observed on January 1 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Monday January 1 2024
Wednesday January 1 2025
Thursday January 1 2026
Friday January 1 2027