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Author Topic: After copyright expires on an item, is it the case that no one has rights to it?  (Read 96 times)


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If the item is, say, a photograph, and the copyright has expired, can someone then copyright it for themselves?  Or is it in the public domain forever after?


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It enters the public domain.  No one else can re-copyright it.  Everyone can use it.
"The life of a patent solicitor has always been a hard one."  Judge Giles Rich, Application of Ruschig, 379 F.2d 990.

Disclaimer: not only am I not a lawyer, I'm not your lawyer.  Therefore, this does not constitute legal advice.


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