Q: Is a short story from 1920 now in the public domain?
I would like to reprint in a book I am writing a story story that has its first publication date November 26, 1920. The author passed away in 1923. Can I print a copy of this short story in my book without permission and therefore not be subject to any legal repercussions? Thank you.
A: The particular work itself is in the public domain, yes. However, it's possible that *other* works using similar characters and the like could be protected by copyright law. Though your risk of infringement is low here, your best bet is to still consult with an IP attorney to cover your bases.
A: Yes, if you are sure that the short story was published in 1925 or before, then it is safely in the public domain. You are free to copy it, but still should attribute the source.
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