Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit goes up to the counter and orders 4 slices of carrot cake, which he promptly devours before he has time to pay. The barista chases him out of town. 

Meanwhile, his sisters have opened an Etsy store where they sell hand-embroidered pillows and homemade blackberry preserves. They deny Peter the opportunity to get in on the ground floor as an investor, as he has been a jerk and a disappointment to them throughout his life.

Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Library’s Rare Book Collection on Juvenile Literature.

Beatrix Potter’s work, while already considered in the Public Domain in the United States, entered the public domain in Europe this year, 70 years after her death. 

On this side of the pond, nothing new will enter the Public Domain until 2019, due to a 1998 law increasing copyright to 95 years or more for works published after 1923. 

We missed a post on Public Domain Day, the first of the year, but wanted to shed a little light on the topic, regardless. Find out more at the Duke Center for the Study of the Public Domain.