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How long does a copyright last?

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Assuming the material was created and first published after 1977, it would be 70 years for works authored by a person, 95 years after publication for corporate works and 120 years from creation of a corporate work, if that would be earlier than 95 years after publication.

For works prior to that, there are numerous dependencies including when it was created, when it was published, the nationality of the author, whether it was published abroad, whether the publication included copyright notices, whether the copyright was registered in the USA, and whether it was renewed. Works published prior to 1923 are in the public domain, as are works published prior to 1977 without proper copyright notice.

It varies by country but generally it is in effect for the life of the author plus 70 years.

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