How long does copyright last?

Generally, an author or the owner of a copyright has exclusive rights only for the lifetime of the author plus 50 years following the end of the calendar year of the author’s death. For sound recordings, records, CD’s, tapes and photographs (where the original negative is owned by a corporation not controlled by the actual photographer), copyright lasts for 50 years from the end of the year in which the original master or negative is made.