Copyright Table

Written

Publishing Information

Copyright Details

Entity Author

Individual Author

before 1964 Published with a copyright notice Copyright NOT renewed 28 years later Free Use NOW (Public Domain) Free Use NOW (Public Domain)
before 1964 Published with a copyright notice Copyright Renewed 28 years later Free Use 96 years after original publication date Free Use 96 years after original publication date
1964 - 1978 Published with a copyright notice Copyright Renewal NOT required Free Use 96 years after original publication date Free Use 96 years after original publication date
1978 to Present Formal Publishing and copyright NOT required Copyright NOT required at all Free Use 96 years after date of creation Free Use 71 years after the DEATH of the author
before 1978 NOT Published or registered for Copyright NOT registered for Copyright Free Use 121 years after date of creation Free Use 71 years after the DEATH of the author
before 1989 Published, BUT WITHOUT a copyright notice NO Copyright notice at creation Free Use NOW Free Use NOW
Reprinted Works 2nd Publication, Original Copyright expired Original Copyright Expired Free Use NOW - Reprint is not protected from copying Free Use NOW - Reprint is not protected from copying
Reprinted Works 2nd Publication Original was NOT Copyrighted Original was NOT Copyrighted Free Use 121 years after date of creation Free Use 71 years after the DEATH of the author
Federal Court Records     Free Use NOW Free Use NOW
State Court Records     Free Use NOW Free Use NOW
Records Abstraction   Abstraction Style is Protected Facts are Free Use NOW Facts are Free Use NOW
Web Pages   Design is Protected Facts are Free Use NOW Facts are Free Use NOW
Compilations of Information such as Telephone books   Design is Protected Facts are Free Use NOW Facts are Free Use NOW

Please use this table as a guide only.  It is not to be construed as legal advice.  The author, Natalie Cottrill, http://www.progenealogists.com is not a lawyer and assumes no legal responsibility for the use or misuse of the information above.  

Compiled June 1999 with the assistance of:

Dennis S. Karjala, Professor of Law
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona 85287-7906
602-965-4010 602-965-2427 (fax)

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