Answered By: Jane Cooke Last Updated: Sep 24, 2015 Views: 20
Copyright provides protection for a specific period of time. When that time elapses, the material is considered to be in the public domain.
- Literary and artistic works - 70 years from the death of author. If several authors, 70 years following the death of last surviving author
- Dramatic and musical work - 70 years from publication if no named author
- Sound recordings - 50 years from the date of recording
- Films - 70 years from the last death of: director, producer, author of screenplay, composer of soundtrack
- Broadcasts - 50 years from the date of broadcast
- Typographical layout - 25 years from publication
- Crown Copyright - 50 years from publication. Unpublished works have a period of protection of 125 years from the end of the year in which the work was made
- Unpublished works - 70 years from death of author
A separate protection of 25 years is given to a publisher’s copyright in the typographical arrangement of a work, even if the work itself is in the public domain. New editions of out-of-copyright material are also protected.
If you are uncertain if something is in the public domain, you should seek advice.