According to national copyright laws, a person's work enters the public domain after a certain number of years following their death. In many countries, this number of years is set at either 50 or 70. Thus, on January 1 of every year, a number of new items become part of the public domain. The Public Domain Review (last featured in our 05-26-2017 Best of the Scout Report issue) recently published this "Class of 2018" list to alert readers to works that are now in the public domain. This eclectic list includes English occultist Aleister Crowley, avant-garde writer Alice B. Toklas, Harlem Renaissance poet Jean Toomer, and British poet Anna Wickham. Visitors can check out the full list via the link above, and can also view the PDR's previous lists for 2015, 2016, and 2017.
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