Duration of copyright
Copyright generally lasts 70 years after the death of the creator or after the first year of publication, depending on the type of material and/or when it was first published:
- Artistic Works
- Dramatic Works
- Literary Works
- Musical Works
- Films & Television Broadcasts
- Sound Recordings & Radio Broadcasts
Copyright in unpublished works last perpetually until they have been published or made public. Once published or made public copyright generally lasts 70 years after the year published or made public or 70 years after the death of the author or creator (if published or made public during their lifetime).
From 1 January 2019, the duration in unpublished works will change and unpublished works will be treated the same as published works. Copyright in unpublished works will no longer last into perpetuity.
Where there are multiple authors or creators, copyright last for 70 years after the death of the last remaining author or creator.
Copyright cannot be renewed and once it has expired the work is considered to be in the public domain and can be used without the copyright owner's permission.