When do the copyrights expire? With the various editions and changes in copyright law, it's kind of confusing.
solicitr wrote:No, not indefinitely. Currently for books published before 1978, it's 95 years from publication (US) or author's life + 70 (UK and the rest of the Berne Convention nations). For US copyright, that 95 years is actually four terms of 28 + 28 + 19 + 20, each of which is a renewal. It doesn't matter when the author actually dies.*
* (Except with regard to the interesting and rather bizarre law of copyright reclamation, under which in some cases an author's heirs can void all assignments and licences he may have made: the heirs of Superman's creators did just that).
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