Copyright arises from the moment a work is created, but in order to avoid of using work by others, it must be protected in accordance with the procedure established by law. In this article, we will examine the works of public property and copyright termination.
When copyright expires, the work becomes public. In this case, the work can be used without permission of the author, that is, reproduced, executed, shown, etc.
Creation becomes public when:
- The copyright on the work has expired. This usually occurs 50 or 70 years after the death of the author.
- Not copyrighted. For example, lists, facts, recipes, etc.
How to use public works
Once the works become public, they can be reproduced and used in any form by any person. Do not forget about related rights when using the work. For example, if Bach’s works have already become public, their recent performances may be protected by related rights.
This means that a work can be performed, but the use of recordings of a work is prohibited if it is protected by copyright.
Here is all you need to know about public works and copyrights to them.
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