Thursday, January 13, 2022

More Sound Recording Join the Public Domain

Have you celebrated that more sound recordings entered the public domain on January 1st? According to the Internet Archive:

 Approximately 400,000 sound recordings made before 1923 will join the public domain in the U.S. for the first time due to the Music Modernization Act (read more at

The Public Domain Information Project maintains a list of some of the music that has entered the public domain. Music includes Black Bottom, Bye Bye Blackbird, and Baby Face (and those are just from the B's)! Read the Internet Archive post to get introduced to more music.

Public Domain Day—A Celebration of Sound 

As announced in an email:

On January 20, 2022, the Internet Archive, Creative Commons and many other leaders from the Open world will honor the treasure trove of works published in 1926 that will enter the public domain in 2022.

Featuring a keynote from Senator Ron Wyden, and a host of musical acts, dancers, historians, librarians, academics, activists and other leaders from the Open world, the event will explore the rich historical context of recorded sound from its earliest days, including early jazz and blues, classical, and spoken word recordings reflecting important political and social issues of the era.

This event is free and open to the public and you can register here.


Here is something for your ears from 1926. Black Bottom by The Virginia Creepers; Arthur Fields; De Sylva; Brown; Henderson

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