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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy Public Domain Day!

Even the Time Machine cannot stop
HG Wells' works entering 
the public domain
John Dube in c. 1910
In many jurisdictions, copyright works (with some exceptions) expire after 70 years from the end of the calendar year in which the creator died.  This means that from 1 January 2017 many works will enter the public domain.  This blog celebrates these creators.  It is by no means comprehensive so please do add any omissions to the comments section.

H. G. Wells an English novelist best known for his science fiction.  His most famous works include The Time Machine, The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds.  He pioneered the modern image of "the future".  Whilst his science fiction works were entertaining they all had a social dimension.  An American radio adaptation of The War of the Worlds allegedly led to mass panic when first broadcast in 1938.


Alfred Stieglitz's 
The Steerage
John Langalibalele Dube, a South African politician helped establish Zulu literature. He wrote a mixture of essays and biographies and together with his wife founded the first English/Zulu newspaper Ilanga laseNatali (The Sun of Natal) in 1903.

There's no traffic on this A19 
Alfred Stieglitz, was the husband of Georgia O'Keeffe and a celebrated photographer in his own right.  He was instrumental in turning photography into an accepted art form.  His most famous photograph, The Steerage, is now recognised as one of the most important photographs of the Twentieth Century for its documentary quality and modernist geometric forms.



Gertrude Stein painted by Picasso
László Moholy-Nagy was a Hungarian painter and photographer and designer as well as a professor in the Bauhaus school. He was highly influenced by constructivism and a strong advocate of the integration of technology and industry into the arts.

Gertrude Stein, was an American novelist, poet and playwright.
She first found fame with a memoir of her years hosting a Paris salon which entertained artists and writers like Hemingway, Picasso, Matisse and Fitzgerald told from the perspective of her partner, Alice Toklas.

John Maynard Keynes was an influential British economist.  His ideas were at the heart of many European and American governments' economic policy from around the 1930s to 1970s.  According to Keynesian economics, free markets do not work well over a long term and state intervention is necessary to moderate boom and bust cycles of economic activity.

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