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How long does your legal copyright last?
For the 179 countries that have signed the international copyright treaty The Berne Convention , the minimum length of copyright is 50 years after the author’s death, but some countries, like the UK and the USA, can actually allow even longer.
UK Copyright Length
The United Kingdom gives creators more than 50 years for some types of work. Details as shown below:
- Music and Sound recordings : 70 years from the date it was originally published
- Written, dramatic, musical and artistic works : 70 years from the death of the author
- Films : 70 years from the death of the director, screenplay author and composer
- Broadcasts : 50 years from the date of original broadcast
- AI (Artificial Intelligence) generated work : Copyright protection for computer-generated works without a human author is 50 years.
- Databases : 15 years from when the database is made or, if the database is published during this time, 15 years from publication
- Layout of published editions of written, dramatic or musical works : 25 years from the date it was originally published
Source: https://www.gov.uk/copyright and https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/artificial-intelligence-and-ip-copyright-and-patents/artificial-intelligence-and-intellectual-property-copyright-and-patents