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How long does copyright last?

This is a common question we get as copyright lawyers. Copyright starts as soon as a creative work is created. That is, a government copyright registration is not necessary for copyright to start.

Generally, copyright lasts for the duration of the life of the creator of the work, plus fifty (50) years from the end of the calendar year of their passing. You may have heard the copyright law expression, “life plus fifty”.

There are exceptions, which is where the help of a copyright lawyer comes in, to maximize the profits/benefits of your creative works. If you find yourself needing more information, our copyright law firm offers free, no obligation consultations. Find out how we can make our copyright expertise work for you.