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copyright and the public domain (was "Re: lilypond-user faq, documentati
Kieren Richard MacMillan
copyright and the public domain (was "Re: lilypond-user faq, documentation, and small issues")
Sat, 14 Feb 2004 19:32:48 -0500
Edward Elgar died February 23rd, 1934, so his music will
enter the public domain a week from Monday.
Actually, I don't think it will go out of copyright until 1 January
most countries), as I think the general rule is the end of the 70th
after the author's death.
In addition, any works he published after 1922 (if he did!) will
copyright in the USA for a number of years yet.
For Canada, check this page:
For USA, check this page:
For other countries, check Google. ;-)
Basically, in the USA, anything still under copyright as of 1978 is
copyrighted until 95 years after publication; therefore, Chris is
correct that anything published in (e.g.) 1925 would not fall to the
public domain until 2020. Of course, there's also the question of where
and when something was published, if there were multiple authors (e.g.,
lyrics), etc. -- it's sometimes very difficult to determine exactly
when a work of art truly enters the PD...
Because of the unbelievably arcane and convoluted -- <soapbox>and
creatively stifling</soapbox> -- copyright laws, and the fact that
different countries apply different formulas, I've always thought that
there should be a Database of All Things Artistic (DATA™) which clearly
indicates what rights (if any) are held and by whom (with contact info)
so that we can foster the cross-pollination that is the hallmark of a
Anyone interested in building it with me? =)