Freed From the Shackles of Copyright, These Dazzling Artworks From 1925 Are Finally in the Public Domain

Joan Miró, The Birth of the World, 1925. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, © 2018 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

The beginning of every new year is an opportunity to think about new beginnings.

It’s also known, in some intellectual property circles, as Public Domain Day—the day on which, in the United States, the copyright expires on artworks created 95 years earlier. (Before the passage of the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act in 1998, copyright only extended for a period of 75 years.)

This year, artworks from 1925 enter the public domain, including Arthur Dove’s The Intellectual, Tina Modotti’s Telephone Wires, and Joan Miró’s The Birth of the World (all in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art).

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