Copyright Ownership

Who owns copyright?

  • Initially the creator
    • Single author
    • Joint author
    • Works for hire
  • Those deriving rights from the creator

Length of copyright NB: out of print does not = public domain

  • Works created between 1923-1978 have 95 years
  • Works created after 1978 have author's life plus 70 years
  • Works for hire and anonymous or pseudonymous works are 95 years from publication or 120 years from the creation