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How Long Does Copyright Protection Last?


Question: How Long Does Copyright Protection Last?
Answer: In the United States, the Library of Congress officialy registers copyrights which now last for the life of the author plus 70 years.

Copyright Protection for Works Originally Created on or after January 1, 1978

A work that is created on or after January 1, 1978, is automatically protected from the moment of its creation and is ordinarily given a term enduring for the author's life plus an additional 70 years after the author's death.

In the case of a joint work prepared by two or more authors who did not do a work for hire, the term lasts for 70 years after the last surviving author's death.

For works for hire, and for anonymous and pseudonymous works (unless the author's identity is revealed in Copyright Office records), the duration of copyright will be 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, whichever is shorter.

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