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  •  that was in 1790-something (4+ / 0-)

    It was later bumped to 28 years with renewal.

    And any work published in the US before before 1923 was dropped into the public domain.

    That was the cause of the difficulty---if an author wrote a book in say 1920 and died in 1960 or 1980, then his book would be in the public domain in the US (published previous to 1923) but NOT in the public domain outside the US (life of the author plus 70 years). The US Supreme Court just recently ruled to place all such books BACK into copyright, so they conform to the international rules. So some books that used to be PD in the US, aren't any more.  It's caused quite a bit of trouble for the publishing industry.

    But again, none of that has anyhing to do with any trade agreement.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 04:34:37 PM PST

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