A second, slightly narrower rule of copyright protection is that an artwork is in the public domain in the United States today if it was illustrated in a publication published in the United States before 1923. Such an artwork has necessarily enjoyed a full copyright term, calculated from the date of first publication. Under this rule, artworks illustrated in these publications, published in the United States prior to 1923, are in the public domain in the United States, regardless of when the artist died.

  1. Camille Pissarro, The Crystal Palace, 1871. From: Charles Louis Borgmeyer, The Master Impressionists. Chicago: The Fine Arts Press, 1913.
  2. Paul Strand, Porch Shadows, 1916. From: Camera Work, No. 49/50. New York: June 1917.
  3. Vasily Kandinsky, Improvisation No. 30 (Cannons), 1913. From: Arthur Jerome Eddy, Cubists and Post-Impressionism. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Co., 1919.
  4. Constantin BrĂ¢ncusi, Golden Bird, 1919/1920. From: The Little Review. New York: Autumn 1921.

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