Update: Is It Under United States Copyright?

I re-read the Copyright Term Extension Act, and noticed that I missed a few subtleties with regards to works in the 1923 to 1978 range.

Short story:

  1. Works copyrighted in 1970 onwards have the same protection as works copyrighted in 1978 onwards.
  2. Works copyrighted in 1942 onwards that were renewed have the same protection as works copyrighted in 1978 onwards.

This act removed a large amount of work from the public domain.

Out of curiosity, I looked through Donald Westlake’s bilbiography.

NOTE: THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE LEGAL COUNSEL UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
NOTE: Updated to reflect 1992 auto-renewal act.