[Talk-GB] Out-of-copyright maps
me at chrisfleming.org
Thu Jul 5 13:37:46 BST 2007
Nick Burch wrote:
> On Thu, 5 Jul 2007, Richard Fairhurst wrote:
>> The contributor is basically asserting that if a map was published 1954
>> and revised 1959, it goes out of copyright at the end of 1954, _not_ the
>> end of 1959 (which is what I'd thought previously).
>> Anyone with further knowledge of this?
> The last time I spoke to an IP lawyer about this sort of thing (~6 months
> back, and he's on holiday so I can't check), the answer was:
> * published in 1954, expires 31/12/2004
> * published in 1954, republished without changes 1959, expires 31/12/2004
> * published in 1954, republished with changes / revisions in 1959, this
> corresponds to a new work (as new copyrightable material has been
> added), expires 31/12/2009
> So I believe that if the publication date includes any mention of
> revisions or updates, then the later date applies, but if they don't
> mention changes, then it's the original date.
This makes sense to me.
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