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I need more info (^^;

A topic by Kwago Games created Jan 02, 2022 Views: 261 Replies: 3
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This jam looks interesting, and I’m considering joining it (even though I might stray away from my main project XD)

So apparently anything made before 1923 will go into Public Domain on January 1 (which was yesterday at my time of writing), so does that mean I can just record a song from the 1910’s or something and add it to my game?

Can I get a painting from the 1910’s and turn them into sprites?

Or do I have to make something based OFF OF them and not directly copy them?

Hopefully I can get an answer. Thank you!

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I think I can answer:

> So apparently anything made before 1923 will go into Public Domain on January 1 (which was yesterday at my time of writing), so does that mean I can just record a song from the 1910’s or something and add it to my game?

Close; any sound recording made before 1923 went into the public domain yesterday. The underlying compositions prior to 1923 were already public domain and have been for many decades. So that means, making covers of 1910's songs won't count, but using recordings that were made in the 1910's definitely do! 

> Can I get a painting from the 1910’s and turn them into sprites?

You're allowed to do that, but in order to be eligible for the contest it must be from 1926 if it's not a sound recording.

> do I have to make something based OFF OF them and not directly copy them?

Either/or. You can make something based off of paintings from 1926 or directly copy them.

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You're also welcome to include a mixture of public domain works, some from 1926 and some from earlier as long as at least one is from 1926.

I apologize for not making that clear. :(