>As a literary scholar, I have had to wrestle with copyright problems for
>many years, but I confess that the universality of the Internet does pose
>peculiar problems. Updike died in 1941, so according to American law (I
>believe) his works are out of copyright. I was only dimly aware of the EU
>rule of seventy years (and I thank you for reminding me of it), but I am
>puzzled by the implications of such legal discrepancies.
I am not a copyright lawyer, but I have looked up copyright
authorities on this:
In the UK copyright was until 50 years after the author's death. But
last month (October 95) it was extended to seventy years.
*However* this is NOT retrospective. So any work that was out of
copyright in October 95 is still out of copyright, even if the author
died less than 70 years ago. Only authors who died just fifty years ago
from November 95 or after, will still be in copyright for another
Therefore Updike would be out of copyright here.
I think the same thing happened in the USA. But I don't know when the
extension to seventy years happened, or maybe it hasn't quite happened
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