Saturday, January 03, 2004

Prepare for the O'Neill Onslaught

That's right! Thanks to Canada's life + 50 years copyright laws, all published works by people who died in 1953 have now entered the public domain in this country.

So I'd expect an Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953) festival to be started by some enterprising Canuck any day now. (In the States, his copyright still holds. See this Law Blog entry for confusing details.)

Let's see... I can see the programme now: Long Day's Journey Into Night, Desire Under the Elms, and The Iceman Cometh, with a couple of obscurer plays thrown in, Hughie and More Stately Mansions. Plus, an innovative updating of one of his plays titled mourning.becomes.(e)lectra.

O'Neill on the Outaouais? How's that sound?

Others whose works are entering the public domain in Canada this year: Welsh poet and playwright Dylan Thomas, country music singer-songwriter Hank Williams, Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev and everyone's favourite Soviet dictator Uncle Joe Stalin (A Five Year Plan! The Musical?). [via Colbycosh.com]

Post-script

In other news:
1) TV columnist/humourist Scott Feschuk has left The Post to become Paul Martin's speechwriter. How is this a good idea for either of them?
2) The House of Sand and Fog: The most depressing movie I've seen since Requiem For a Dream. Thanks a lot, Jennifer Connelly.
3) Happy New Year!

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