Answered By: Katie Hutchison
Last Updated: Sep 27, 2016     Views: 109

Never Published, Never Registered Works

Type of Work Copyright Term What is in the Public Domain?
Unpublished Works Life of Author + 70 Years Works from authors who died before 1940
Unpublished Anonymous Works and Works Made for Hire 120 Years from Creation Date Works created before 1890

 

Works Registered or Published in the US

Date of Publication Conditions Copyright Term
Before 1923 None None. In public domain due to copyright expiration
1923 - 1977 Published w/o copyright notice None. In public domain due to failure to comply with formalities
1978 - 1 March 1989 Published w/o notice and no later registration None. In public domain due to failure to comply with formalities
1978 - 1 March 1989 Published w/o notice and with later registration Life of author + 70 years
1923-1989 Published w/ notice Life of author + 70 years or 95 years if corporate authorship
1989 - current None.  All items now copyrighted immediately Life of author + 70 years or 95 years if corporate authorship
Anytime Work prepared by government employee None. In public domain (17 US Code Sec. 105)

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