created after January 1, 1978: Copyright protection will endure
for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.
work: Life of the last surviving author plus an additional 70
and pseudonymous works and works
made for hire: The term will be 95 years from the year of first
publication or 120 years from the year of creation, whichever expires
created but not published or registered before January 1, 1978:
The term endures for life of the author plus 70 years, but
in no case will expire earlier than December 31, 2002. If the work is published
before December 31, 2002, the term will not expire before December
works still in their original or renewal term of copyright: The
total term is extended to 95 years from the date that copyright
was originally secured.
Learn more about why every author should
register their works.