As a general rule, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years.


There are several exceptions to the general rule to keep in mind. 

  • All works published in the United States before 1923 are in the public domain. 
  • Works published after 1922, but before 1978 are protected for 95 years. 
  • For anonymous work or a work for hire, the copyright lasts for 95 years from the year of its first publication. Or 120 years from the year of its creation. Whichever expires first.

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* Info on the Binded Help Center is not legal advice. If you have legal questions you should ask an attorney. 

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