Public Domain Magazine Cover Art – How To Verify Copyright Status

Regarding magazine cover art, it gets a little trickier sometimes especially if you do not have the magazine in hand, but the same general rules still apply…

First off, if the magazine was published in the U.S. before 1923, there’s no need to research the cover art, it’s in the Public Domain and free for use.

If the magazine was published between 1923-1963, then some copyright research would be involved.


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