As of 2012, the following texts are in the public domain under US law:

  • All works published in the US before 1923
  • All works published in the US before 1964, if copyright was not renewed (this applies to many local news articles)
  • All works published in the US before March 1989 for which copyright was not asserted or registered within 5 years of publication (this applies to most Shimer publications)
  • All unpublished anonymous works and works for hire published before 1892
  • All unpublished works the authors of which have been dead for 70 years

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