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Basic information on copyright and copyright law.
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How long does copyright protection last?

DATE OF WORK PROTECTED FROM    TERM
Created 1-1-78 or after When work is fixed in tangible medium of expression Life + 70 years or if work of corporate authorship, the shorter of 95 years from publication, or 120 years from creation

Published before 1923

In public domain  None
Published from 1923 - 63 When published with notice 28 years + could be renewed for 47 years, now extended by 20 years for a total renewal of 67 years. If not so renewed, now in public domain
Published from 1964 - 77 When published with notice 28 years for first term; now automatic extension of 67 years for second term
Created before 1-1-78 but not published 1-1-78, the effective date of the 1976 Act which eliminated common law copyright Life + 70 years or 12-31-2002, whichever is greater
Created before
1-1-78 but published between then and 12-31-2002
1-1-78, the effective date of the 1976 Act which eliminated common law copyright Life + 70 years or 12-31-2047 whichever is greater

 

 

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