“According to the act, all sound recordings prior to 1923 will have their copyrights expire in the US on January 1, 2022,” says the Public Domain Review. This straightens out a tangled legal framework that previously wouldn’t have allowed the release of pre-1923 sound recordings until the distant year of 2067.
And so all of us now have free use of every sound recording from a more than 60-year period that “comprises a rich and varied playlist: experimental first dabblings, vaudeville, Broadway hits, ragtime, and the beginnings of popular jazz. Included will be the works of Scott Joplin
, Thomas Edison’s experiments
, the emotive warblings of Adelina Patti
and the first recording of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Source: 400,000+ Sound Recordings Made Before 1923 Have Entered the Public Domain | Open Culture