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02. <em>American Gothic</em>, copyright renewal record, 1980

02. American Gothic, copyright renewal record, 1980

Grant Wood's American Gothic was first published in 1930 but fell into the public domain in the United States in 1958. Wood's estate filed a renewal application in 1980, more than two decades after the one-year renewal window had closed at the end of 1958, but it was too late, so the painting remained in the public domain.

United States Copyright Office, Copyright Catalog.

"Copyright Law: Publishing Artwork and the Public Domain," Case 4, Ryerson & Burnham Libraries, April 15-June 10, 2009

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