How Long Does a Copyright Registration Last?

Copyright Term

  • Known author and his/her heirs - author’s lifetime plus 70 years after
  • Corporate author, work for hire, anonymous -95 years from the moment of its first display or 120 years from its creation, whichever is shorter

Before the expiration of the original term of protection the heirs can renew and prolong their ownership rights.

If no renewal action is made, the copyrighted work becomes public domain and is available for public use.

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