The first of January is also known as the “Public Domain Day”. Every year, thousands of songs, movies, books and artworks re-enter the public domain. In Europe, the existing laws on the intellectual property rights establish that the masterpieces can be commercially exploited only 70 years after the author’s death.
It means that on the first of January 2019 the masterpieces of writers and artists dead in 1948 re-entered the public domain. Among them, it is possible to find the artworks of the film director Sergei Eisenstein, famous for its “The birth of a nation”, and those of the Italian composer Mario Mascagni.