What happens when Copyright expires?
When the term of copyright protection has expired, the work becomes available for use without the permission of the copyright owner. As a result, the work of authorship falls in ‘the public domain’. This means that the work has effectively become public property and can be used freely. As an example, public domain allows nowadays publishing companies to publish works by William Shakespeare. It is important to remember that you first have to find out when the literary or artistic work has been published in order to determine whether a work is in the public domain and free for use without the author’s permission.
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