Tarot and Copyright

The following works included in this site are in the public domain:

The Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck was first published in 1909, and the accompanying Pictorial Key to the Tarot in 1911. As such, they are indisputably in the public domain, since copyright is well expired on any work published before 1923. For more information see the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot Card Copyright FAQ. It should be noted some publishers offer Rider-Waite-Smith decks that differ somewhat in coloring from the original. Such decks may, perhaps, have limited copyright protection as derivative works. However, such protection does not extend to the original deck. The card images on this site were scanned from a 1909 deck, courtesy Holly's Rider-Waite Site.

The Tarot of Marseille by Nicolas Conver was published in 1760 and - needless to say - is in the public domain. So are the card interpretations by S.L. MacGregor Mathers, published in 1888.

The Oracle of the Tarot, by Paul Foster Case, was first published in the United States in 1933, as lecture notes. The published work did not include a copyright notice, nor was it registered with the Copyright Office in a timely manner, as was required by U.S. copyright law at the time. This work is now in the public domain.

For more information, see Cornell University's detailed chart on Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States.

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