Knowledge Base Article: KB3719
Topic: FAQ - Content-Related Questions, Genre, Style, Public Domain, and Soundalike Issues

Title: Is 2001: A Space Odyssey (aka Also Sprach Zarathustra) a public domain composition?

Last Reviewed: Mar 31, 2015

Q. Is 2001: A Space Odyssey (aka Also Sprach Zarathustra) a public domain composition?

A. This composition is currently only in the public domain in the following countries:

  • USA and its territories and possessions (e.g. Puerto Rico, United States Minor Outlying Islands, Virgin Islands)
  • Canada
  • Japan
The track is not in the public domain outside of these countries and will not be until 2019.  Hence the versions available here can only be licensed for commercial use in the territories listed above.

Alternatives That Are Similar

However, we do have an excellent sound-alike that can be licensed for commercial use worldwide.  Here is the song, "Odyssey in Space (With Choir)", by Jason Bradley Livesay:

There is also a version available without choir, here:

Use of the Song Outside Public Domain Territories

If you wish to use the song in a commercial production outside of the territories above, you can license any of our recordings here for such use.  However, you will also need to license the composition itself for such use until January 1, 2019.   For licensing the composition for any territories other than the ones listed above, please contact C.F. Peters Corporation via the following info:

Gene Caprioglio
Phone: (718)416-7822

C.F. Peters Corporation
70-30 80th Street
Glendale, NY 11385

or visit their website at:


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