Copyright matters

 

Duration of copyright

n.b.Legislation came into effect on 1st January 2005 that extended the copyright term from life+50 years to life+70 years for most works

Before 1st January 2005

After 1st January 2005

Material
duration of copyright was ...
therefore, if…
work is currently:
duration of copyright is ...
therefore, if…
work is currently:
Published literary: author known, dramatic or musical work life of author
+ 50 years
author died
before 1.01.1955
out of copyright:
in the public domain
life of author
+ 70 years
author died on/after
1.01.1955
protected by
copyright
Published literary: pseudo/anonymous/
posthumous, dramatic or musical work
year of publication
+ 50 years
work was published
before 1.01.1955
out of copyright:
in the public domain
year of publication
+ 70 years
work was published
on/after 1.01.1955
protected by
copyright
Unpublished literary:
dramatic / musical
protected whilst
unpublished
protected by
copyright
protected whilst
unpublished
protected by
copyright
Published editions year of publication
+ 25 years
work was published
before 1.01.1980
out of copyright:
in the public domain
year of publication
+ 25 years
work published
on/after 1.01.1980
protected 25 years
from publication
Artworks life of creator
+ 50 years
creator died
before 1.01.1955
out of copyright:
in the public domain
life of creator
+ 70 years
creator died
on/after 1.01.1955
protected by
copyright
Photographs taken
before 1.05.1969
year they were taken
+ 50 years
photos taken
before 1.01.1955
out of copyright:
in the public domain
life of creator
+ 70 years
author died
on/after 1.01.1955
protected by
copyright
Photographs taken
on/after 1.05.1969
year of publication
+ 50 years
photos taken
on/after 1.05.1969
protected - passes to
post 1 Jan 2005
life of creator
+ 70 years
author died
on/after 1.05.1969
protected by
copyright
Cinematograph Films made
before 1.05.1969: "dramatic"
life of creator
+ 50 years
creator died
before 1.01.1955
out of copyright:
in the public domain
life of creator or
cinematographer
+70 years (the longer)
creator or
cinematographer
died on/after 1.01.1955
protected by
copyright
Cinematograph Films made
before 1.05.1969: "non-dramatic"
year made
+ 50 years
creator died
before 1.01.1955
out of copyright:
in the public domain
life of cinematographer
+ 70 years
cinematographer
died on/after 1.01.1955
protected by
copyright
Cinematograph Films any
genre made on or after 1.05.1969
year made
+ 50 years
work was made
on/after 1.05.1969
protected - passes to
post 1 Jan 2005
year of publication
+ 70 years
work published
on/after 1.05.1969
protected by
copyright
Sound Recordings year made
+ 50 years
work was made
before 1.01.1955
out of copyright:
in the public domain
year of publication
+ 70 years
work published
on/after 1.01.1955
protected by
copyright
Broadcasts (TV and Radio)
made before 1.05.1969
no protection in the public domain no protection in the public
domain
Broadcasts (TV and Radio)
made on or after 1.05.1969
year made
+ 50 years
broadcast made
on/after 1.05.1969
protected - passes to
post 1 Jan 2005
year made
+ 50 years
made on/after
1.05.1969
protected by
copyright


Note: life of author/creator is calculated to the end of the year of their death - year of publication/year made is calculated from the end of the relevant year, unless otherwise stated.