These classic characters are losing copyright protection. They may never be the same again.

Then there is J.M. Barrie’s stage version of “Peter Pan; or the boy who didn’t want to grow up”, the novel by DH Lawrence, “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”, “Orlando: a biography” by Virginia Woolf, the picture book by Wanda Gág, “Millions of Cats” and many others. (For a complete list, See here.)

“I’m kind of annoyed to see that we’re probably going to have more Peter Pan material now,” said Josh Lieb, a comedy writer and producer. “No one likes Peter Pan. In fact, I think I speak for all of humanity when I say we hate Peter Pan and we hate people who make movies about him.”

Not everyone hates Peter Pan: sorry, Josh. Bob Greenblatt, producer of the Broadway-bound musical “Smash,” requested a new stage adaptation starring Daniel Radcliffe as Peter, Lindsay Mendez as Wendy and Jonathan Groff as Captain Hook.

Nik Dodani, the actor, also had an idea for the film Peter Pan.

“When Wendy meets Peter, a charismatic and seemingly ageless young man, she is drawn into a nightmarish journey of obsession, revealing the sinister truth behind her eternal youth,” Dodani said. (We couldn’t print the sinister truth. You’ll have to wait for the movie.)

Yes you can! Musical compositions, like the original version of “Mack the Knife”, which was written in German for an opera by Bertolt Brecht entitled “The Threepenny Opera”, and musical recordings, such as “Dippermouth Blues”, with Louis Armstrong, will also be released on January 1st.