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Literature Question......Open Source.....

I did know this and I *think* I may have made a note about it *somewhere* but for the life of me I can't currently remember.

Does anybody know how long it is after an authors death that there work becomes open source? I'm really looking for the UK law but the US one would be handy too.

Many thanks!

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angusabranson
Apr. 15th, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC)
Note to Self
This may answer my questions. Read when I get time later :)

http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/p01_uk_copyright_law
heliograph
Apr. 15th, 2006 04:15 pm (UTC)
70 years, I believe, though they may have extended it past that.
gabby2600
Apr. 15th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
http://www.gutenberg.org/
that site has a lot of work and they go by the US copyright date.

In the UK is 90 years after the authors death, or 100 years after publication of the copyright is to a company and not the author.
littlestkobold
Apr. 15th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
I thought it was 70 years, but there are exceptions to the rule (Peter Pan being the notable one). Which property have you got your eye on?
suewilson
Apr. 16th, 2006 08:35 am (UTC)
Peter pan is an exception because Great Ormand street Hospital owns it - and even then they had to get some one to write another tale in order to secure it.

It used to be 50 and was extended to 70
cholten99
Apr. 15th, 2006 11:51 pm (UTC)
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/records/1-2-1.html

70 years.

At the moment in the US with the so-call Sonny Bono law basically nothing every goes out of copywrite. Not so bad here in the UK (yet). If you are really interested have a read of some of Larry Lessig's stuff. This is why the Creative Commons came into existance.
n3dst4
Apr. 16th, 2006 01:26 am (UTC)
Not sure if you're kidding, but the phrase you're looking for is "public domain". Open source is a handy phrase invented for certain software.
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