Copyright or Copywrong?

I was talking with a friend the other day and the topic of copyright came up and how long it lasts. I couldn’t remember  so I looked it up when I got home. The work we were talking about was created in the 1980s.

From the US government copyright office:

As a general rule, for works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.

There is lots of talk about copyright and fair use these days and lots of information on the web about this issue. A lot of it opinion and some of it just plain wrong.

Here is a page from the University of Richmond Boatwright Library with a good overview: Copywright Basics: Overview

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