The law doesn’t allow for copyright protection to last forever. Eventually, a work loses copyright protection and becomes part of the “public domain.” Works that have fallen into the public domain are freely available for anyone to use.
The public domain exists because a central purpose of copyright law is to encourage people to make creative works, so the law gives a copyright owner certain rights, but only for a limited time.
This balance gives the author an incentive to create but also gives other people the ability to use the work without permission after the copyright expires. There are many factors that affect when a work becomes part of the public domain, including when and where the work was first published, the type of work and the publisher. For example, the Berne Convention, an international treaty about copyright, states that the copyrights for most types of works must last at least 50 years after the author’s death, but countries are free to set longer copyright terms in their own laws.
Learn More About Copyright
- What are copyrights and what do they protect?
- How do I know if I own the copyright in a work?
- What rights do I have as a copyright owner?
- How long does copyright protection last?
- What’s the difference between copyright and trademark?
Copyright and Posting Content on 0censor
- How can I make sure the content I post to 0censor doesn’t violate copyright law?
- What is fair use?
- Can I still violate another person’s copyright on 0censor if I didn’t intend to infringe?
- A video I posted on 0censor was removed immediately. What happened, and what are my options?
- Content I posted was removed because it was reported for intellectual property (copyright or trademark) infringement. What are my next steps?
- What happens if I repeatedly post content on 0censor that violates someone else’s intellectual property?
- How does 0censor process United States Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) counter-notifications?