Public Domain Cinema
About This Show
Show Info: Public Domain Cinema is a program that explores films from the Public Domain. Explore the history of cinema from your mobile device, discovering new films from the Fair Use Cinema. The public domain is full of original and historic works. Due to the U.S. Copyright Term Extension Act, no more films will automatically enter public domain in the United States until January 1, 2019, when the copyright will expire on films released in 1923 (and in 2020 films from 1924, and so on). All copyrightable works made by United States government employees as part of their official duties are in the public domain from their creation. The status of works made by contractors is dependent on the terms of their contract. Note that this applies only to the federal government, and not to state or local governments, which may or may not claim copyright depending on state laws.