Whether or not an item has an active copyright depends on when the work was published. See below for duration of copyrights based on the year of publication.
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See special exceptions to copyright protections.
Works that do not have copyright or whose copyright has lapsed are said to be in the Public Domain.
For any work produced after Dec. 31, 1977 the length of the copyright is the creator's life plus 70 years.
For works by multiple authors the duration of the copyright is equal to the life of the last surviving creator plus 70 years.
Copyright terms always end on December 31. So if a creator passed away on March 10, 2000, the copyright will expire on January 1, 2071 and not on March 11, 2070.
The duration of copyright is 95 years.
Duration of copyright is 28 years plus 67 years if the copyright was renewed for a maximum of 95 years. Copyright for works published in this period required renewal. If the copyright of works published in these years was not renewed then it is in public domain and can be used without restriction.
Stanford University's Copyright Renewal Database has records of all works whose copyright was renewed
The duration of copyright of works produced from 1924 to 1949 is 95 years and did not require registration
*As of 2020. Under previous legislation all works published before 1923 were in the public domain. This year was unchaining and fixed by statute, but the most recent legislation specifies that works published 95 years before January 1 of the current year are in the public domain, so that the public domain cut-off date will progress one year every year.
Current Year Term of Copyright Public Domain ends on the date below:
2019 95 Dec. 31, 1923
2020 95 Dec. 31, 1924
2021 95 Dec. 31, 1925
In Public Domain
Two types of copyright protection exist for architectural works:
Architectural works falling into one of these categories are protected by copyright and their architects enjoy the same term specified in the previous page, i.e. the life of the architect plus 70 years.