How long does copyright last?
Duration of copyright may depend upon whether a work is published or unpublished or whether the creator is known/unknown
This table outlines the duration of copyright protection for a variety of material types in the UK. The length of protection may vary in other countries. Once works are out of copyright they enter the "public domain" and are available to reuse.
|Type of material||Duration of copyright|
70 years from death of author
If several authors, 70 years following death of last surviving author
|Dramatic & musical work||70 years from publication if no named author|
|Sound recordings||70 years from recording & performance rights (from November 2013)|
|Films||70 years from last to die of: director, producer, author of screenplay, composer of soundtrack|
|Broadcasts||50 years from date of broadcast|
|Typographical layout||25 years from publication|
|Crown copyright||125 years from publication but subject to a waiver|
|Unpublished anonymous works created before 1 August 1989||Copyright expires on 31 December 2039|