The Inimitable Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse was first published in the United States in 1923, the same year that James P. Johnson released his recording of The Charleston, a song specifically composed to accompany the dance craze by the same name which had swept the Speakeasies of the prohibition era. This song, as well as Wodehouse’s stories, the Great Gatsby, flappers, gangsters, and talking pictures have since come to epitomize the roaring twenties. At the time of their publication, copyright law in the United States lasted for 75 years, meaning those works would have entered the public domain 22-years-ago. However, the law was changed two years before the end of the 20th century so that copyright on new works would last the length of an author’s life plus fifty years. This created a need to address all works published prior to 1998 as many of the content creators were still young and could conceivably live for thirty or forty years or more, meaning copyright on works they had generated a few years prior could potentially enter the public domain during their lifetimes. So an agreement was reached and an addendum was crafted such that works written prior to 1998 that were not already in the public domain would have an additional 21 years added to their copyright. Consequently, nothing from 1923 or after has entered the public domain for twenty years, until January 1, of this year. This means that in the US, both The Charleston and The Inimitable Jeeves are available to share, royalty-free.
The Charleston by James P. Johnson Public Domain
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