Q. How long does copyright protection last?


  • Works eligible for copyright protection are currently given such protection for the life of the creator plus seventy years.

  • Works that are deemed to be "works made for hire" are given copyright protection for either 95 years from the date of publication, or 120 years from creation of such work, whichever is lesser.

  • Works created prior to 1923 are considered to be in the Public Domain and they do not have any copyright protection.

  • Works created between 1923 and 1978 may have copyright protection. For a detailed list of the copyright protection durations for works created between 1923 and 1978

Please see: Copyright Term and the Public Domain Chart in the United States, produced by Peter Hirtle at the Cornell Copyright Information Center, CC BY 3.0.


  • Last Updated Dec 14, 2018
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  • Answered By John Martin

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