The character of Superman is trademarked and so long as it is "vigorously defended" and does not attain generic status through dilution, can be maintained virtually forever.
The copyrights to the expressions of the various Superman entities (comics, Cartoons, movies, radio programs) are, in most cases, owned by the original artists/authors (a notable exception is the Max Fleisher Studio cartoons, which were not renewed and have lapsed into public domain status). Those copyrights will eventually reach the public domain but not for some time. Under current US Copyright Law the artwork for the original appearance of Superman (Action Comics #1 June 30, 1938) is not scheduled to be in the public domain until 2033 (95 years post publication).
The time before something goes into public domain is generally twenty years. However, time is not the only factor involved. If the publisher, artists, creator, movie company, or anyone else renews the copyrights or trademarks, then it will be that much longer. Pretty much, as long as Superman continues to be a large source of income, there will be someone renewing the rights keeping it from going into public domain.
No; it will enter the public domain in 2041.
No; it will enter the public domain in 2041.
No; it is not likely to enter the public domain until 2080.
No; it will not enter the public domain until 2051.
No; they are administered by Time Warner.
After the term of copyright protection ends, materials enter the public domain.
Their 1962 songs (for example "Love Me Do") will enter the public domain in 2057.
The latest it would enter the public domain would be 2031, but the link below may be of interest.
Copyright protection is required to be "for a limited time," after which the works enter the public domain, where they can be used by anyone for anything.
Pubic domain occurs naturally when a copyright expires. In theory, a copyright owner can intentionally disclaim any power to enforce a copyright, making it as if it were "public domain".
Regarding the 1938 novel by T.H. White: If copyright was renewed, it will enter the public domain in 2033. If copyright was not renewed, it is currently in the public domain. Regarding the 1963 Disney film: No.
Edna Ferber's 1924 novel So Big will enter the public domain in 2020.George Orwell's 1948 novel 1984 will enter the public domain in 2021.L. Ron Hubbard's 1980 novel Battlefield Earth will enter the public domain in 2057.Works of J.D. Salinger will enter the public domain in 2081.The Harry Potter novels will be protected for the life of J.K. Rowling plus 70 years.
It varies from country to country. In the US, works prior to 1923 are in the public domain, but nothing new will enter the public domain until 2019. Also, works of the US government are public domain in the USA. Works created and published in the USA after 1923 without the necessary copyright notice or renewal are public domain. There are more than ten different rules that apply, depending upon a lot of factors. There is a useful chart at the link below.
Copyright protection is for a limited time; once the term expires, materials enter the public domain, meaning they can be used by anyone for any purpose.
No. Due to frequent changes in the copyright law, no sound recordings will enter the public domain until February 15, 2067.
Materials can enter the public domain when copyright term expires, protection is not renewed (renewals are not available for new works), the creator donates the work to the public domain, or the materials are a work of the US Government.
The original novel will enter the public domain January 1, 2043. Films and other adaptations may still be protected at that time.
Yes; they will not enter the public domain until 2047.
After copyright term has expired, materials enter the public domain.
If you are looking for public domain sheet music, there are several sources linked below. If you are looking for public domain recordings, you will be more successful searching for Creative Commons or "royalty-free" music. Sound recording copyright is a tangled web, such that nothing will enter the public domain in the US until 2037.
No, and it is staunchly protected by its rightsholders, as licensing it brings in about $2 million annually. In the EU, it will enter the public domain in 2017; in the US it will be protected through 2029.
Works enter the public domain if they are not protected by copyright (such as works of the US Government), or once copyright protection has expired. The current term of copyright is extremely long, so works are protected for many years before they enter the public domain (at least 50 years past the death of the creator, and often longer).
Materials enter the public domain if...Copyright term has expiredProtection was not renewed (renewal is not available for new works)The creator voluntarily donated the work to the public domainThe material is a work of the federal government in accordance with 17USC105
In most countries, new works are entering the public domain every year on January 1. In the US, no new works will enter the public domain until 2019.
The 1959 Marty Robbins song "Big Iron" will not enter the public domain until 2054 at the earliest; particular recordings of it may be protected even longer.