The duration of copyright has changed several times as Congress has updated the law. Currently, you can generally presume that a work copyrighted less than 95 years ago is still covered by the law. Here are the basics.
- Works created after January 1, 1978 will be protected for the life of the author/composer plus 70 years.
- For works created before 1978, copyright duration is dependent upon whether there is a formal notice, if the work was registered and if it was renewed.
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