|Topic: Public Domain/Copyright Term Info|
This information only applies to United States Copyright Law. If you live in another country, this information may not apply.
Publication Copyright Protection Info as of 1 January 2009
Works currently in the Public Domain:
Anything published prior to 1923.
1923 - 1963 (Published with a copyright notice , but copyright was not renewed).
1923 - 1977 (Published without a copyright notice).
1978 - 1 March 1989 (Published without notice, and without subsequent registration within 5 years).
Works Currently Protected and Term of Protection:
1923 through 1963 (Published with notice and the copyright was renewed)... 95 years after publication date.
1964 through 1977 (Published with notice)... 95 years after publication date.
1978 to 1 March 1989 (Published without notice, but with subsequent registration within 5 years)... 70 years from death of author.
After 1989: Generally, 70 years after the death of the author, but there are specifics which may increase that term (see chart at cornell web site).
For full info, go to:
This site (from Cornell University) provides an easy to read chart.
Official disclaimer: The information in this post is for informational purposes only and does not take the place of legal representation.