Each year on New Year's Day, also known as Public Domain Day, a new batch of published works becomes free from copyright protection. This means works published in 1925 have now entered the public domain as a matter of law.
1925 was a spectacular year for the arts and literature, seeing the publication of classics like The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, along with music by Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, the Gershwins, and Duke Ellington. Many more can be found on NPR's list here.
Many classic works published in 1925 are now free for anyone to use without a license. Have you created any works of art, music, or literature that might be subject to U.S. copyright law? If you have questions about U.S. copyright law, or how to take advantage of rights in the works you have created, contact our professionals at (504) 322-7166 for more information.