Saturday, November 20, 2010

Twain's private wish a copyright conundrum; Sydney Morning Herald, 11/11/10

George Croft and Natalie Hickey, Sydney Morning Herald; Twain's private wish a copyright conundrum:

"Enter another avenue for protection. In a nutshell, if, before the author's death, the work in question hasn't been published, performed, or broadcast, and records of the work haven't been offered for sale, then copyright will subsist for 70 years from the year in which the first of these events takes place.

So, the fact that Twain's autobiography has been under "lock and key" since it was written (under our scenario anyway) means that the clock would start running this year. And his estate would have another 70 years of protection."

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