Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
-This poem is one of the many of thousands of poems, books, movies, and musical works from 1923 that entered the Public Domain in the United States yesterday, and now belongs to We the People. This is the first time in over 20 years that a large volume of works has entered the Public Domain. Copyright is important so that artists, publishers, and creators can make a living off of their work. However, a long copyright period (in this case 95 years), which in many cases extends decades beyond the life of the creator, can cause a significant loss in cultural material and the cultural irrelevance of material that was genuinely important for a period. This is a tragedy for all people, but especially to those artists, publishers, and creators in the future. Duke University’s Center for the Study of Public Domain discusses this issue in more detail here.
Quote Number: 806
Source: Frost, Robert. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” In New Hampshire. Henry Holt & Company: New York. 1923. Freely Viewable Online Here.