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How long does a copyright last?

How long does a copyright last?


That depends on how long you last. If the work was created after January 1, 1978, then the copyright lasts for the life of the Author plus seventy (70) years. If it was a joint work (two or more Authors contributed), the copyright lasts for the life of the last surviving Joint Author plus seventy (70) years.
If it was a work for hire, (the work of an employee or contractor), then copyright lasts in the name of the Employer for ninety-five (95) years after publication or one hundred and twenty (120) years after creation, whichever is shorter. The same applies for anonymous and pseudonymous works, unless the author's identity is revealed on the registration.
- - MJD