What Movies Went Into the Public Domain in 2014?


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Due to a 1998 update to copyright laws, no movies entered the public domain in 2014, and no published work is eligible to enter the public domain until 2019, as of 2015. Before the passage of the 1998 law, works from 1957 would have been eligible to enter the public domain in 2014. These films must now wait until 2053 before becoming eligible again.

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Notable films that would have entered the public domain in 2014 include "The Bridge on the River Kwai," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," "3:10 to Yuma," "12 Angry Men" and "Witness for the Prosecution." The first episodes of the television shows "Leave it to Beaver" and "Perry Mason," as well as Elvis Presley's final appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," must also wait until 2053 before entering into the public domain.

Legendary director Sidney Lumet's feature film directorial debut "12 Angry Men" earns a perfect rating of 100 percent from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. It received Best Picture and Best Director nominations at the 1958 Academy Awards. The Library of Congress chose to preserve the film in the United States National Film Registry in 2007 for its significance. "The Bridge on the River Kwai," based on the novel by Pierre Boulle, won seven Oscars at the 1958 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The film earns 8.2 out of 10 stars on IMDb.

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