CopywrongCopywrong3 years ago in Editorial More Like This
Copyright law has become insane. After April 1st, 1989 almost everything created by anyone is copyrighted and protected regardless of nation of origin. And there is no "notice" of copyright required anymore. If this sounds out-of-control, it is. The idea that everyone has equal protection is noble, but completely unenforceable.
To complicate matters the timeline when things become "public domain." It used to be just a few years, but after 1978 it was protected for 70 years after the death of it's creator, but if it was done for a company it's for 120 years. The only real exception is for stuff that was created before 1921. What this means is:
+ If you want to go out on a street corner and sing "I am the very model of a modern Major-General", despite the fact you'll look crazy, since W. S. Gilbert died in 1911 you can get away with it.
+ Because Woody Guthrie died in 1967, if you want to sing "This land is your land", you'll have to wait until the year 2035 to do it.
+ If you want to si