Faculty Fridays: Copyright Creep

Timeline of copyright in the US

Since the days of the first U.S. federal copyright law, the Copyright Act of 1790, the length of copyright protection has grown from the original 14 years + one renewal of 14 more years to its current term of 70 years after the death of the author (copyright is considered property and can be passed on to an heir). If the work was a “work for hire,” then copyright can last for 120 years after creation. Find more information about copyright on our Scholarly Communications Guide for Faculty.

Chart by Vectorization: Clorox (diskussion), Original image: Tom Bell. – Image:(C) Term by Tom Bell.gif, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26316308