National Library of Australia Public Domain 2022

Every year, on 1 January, creative works come out of copyright and into the public domain. Most of these works are now available for anybody to use freely without permission or restriction. 

‘When works enter the public domain it means they are no longer in copyright and are literally public property,’ said Bronwyn Coupe, Director of Rights Management. ‘That means anyone can use them freely, without needing copyright permission from the original maker. They may be copied, published, adapted or incorporated into new works. It’s really exciting to think about the future of many of the older works collected by the Library which are now available for reuse.’  

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