Works as public domain in 2021

public domain

Every year, works from different fields, visual arts, literature or film and more, enter the public domain. What does that mean? Public domain means that these works no longer have a rights holder. In Germany, this occurs 70 years after the death of the author.

A list of the authors concerned is available on Wikipedia: This year, for example, Max Beckmann or Heinrich Mann are included. However, this does not necessarily mean that the works can be found on the internet or are actually freely accessible. Museums in particular claim reproduction rights, which is why accessibility is nevertheless made more difficult.

How can these works be put to use? They can be reused without any problems. For example, they can be integrated and modified as Open Educational Resources (OER) in your own works.

Max Beckmann, Selbstportrait