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Posted by Stephen L. Anderson on August 16, 2001 at 17:06:56:

In Reply to: Books-Length of Copywrite posted by RM Bevers on August 16, 2001 at 14:52:13:

: When someone writes a book, how long is the copywrite
: good for?

The answer depends on WHEN and WHERE the book was created and first published. And also, if before the initial term of copyright has expired, whether the author or other copyright claimant has renewed the registration.

Under the former 1909 Copyright Act, the maximum duration of an extended and renewed application is 78 years, therefore it is commonly believed that all works created prior to 1923 are in the public domain.

Following the 1976 Amendment to the Copyright Act, (as extended under the Sonny Bono COpyright Protection act of 1996) for works created on or after January 1, 1978 - the term of copyright for the author's life plus 50 years after the author's death.

In the case of "joint works" by two or more authors, the term lasts for 50 years after the surviving author's death. For works made for hire, the duration of copyright will be 75 years from publication, or 100 years from creation, whichever is shorter.

For works created and published or registered before January 1, 1978, a renewal registration is required or else the copyright expires 28 years after it was secured.

However a word of caution, you must ensure that your copy (by which other reproductions may be
made) itself is SOURCE MATERIAL which is in the public domain, and not a copy of a more recently printed version.

(In other words if a painting of Thomas Jefferson created in 1799 was made into a lithograph reproduction which first appeared in a text dated 1953, if the copyright was renewed in the textbook, such copy might still be protected.

Good luck

Stephen Anderson
Anderson & Shippey
Offices in Irvine and San Franciso California, websites everywhere.

email: attorneys@brandXperts.com



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