Re: Duration of Copywrite Laws
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on September 14, 2000 at 07:40:26:
In Reply to: Duration of Copywrite Laws posted by Michelle on September 14, 2000 at 04:20:45:
: I would like to reproduce some greeting cards that are dated 1950 and down (1920-1945) but I don't know how long a copywrite lasts. I've been told anywhere from 30 years to 70 years. Does anyone know the answer to this question? And, if the copywrite is not posted anywhere one the greeting card does that mean it never was copywrited? Thanks to all who answer.
My unresearcned recollection of the law is that publication without a copyright notice in 1950 put the work in the public domain. The law was changed to allow a 5 year safety net.
Copyrights were good for 28 years renewable for 28. The law has been changed to extend the renewal period to a total of 95 years.
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