Re: All copyright renewal records now online and searchable

From: Freya (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jun 30 2008 - 08:10:56 PDT

> None of these resources are complete, and none list works
> of non-US origin. And copyright status of a work depends
> on many factors, including manner of publication and
> presence or absence of a copyright notice in legal form.

The U.S. has a very different copyright history to the rest of the world.
Here in Europe for example it's long been the case that copyright is yours when you make the work and you didn't have to register or renew the copyright. Until the U.S. joined the berne convention it was all messier and fuzzier than that and even since joining there are legal concessions to try and justify the existance of the U.S. copyright office.

Works outside of the U.S. aren't registered and don't need to be in order to be protected (same with modern U.S. works). Best to assume that non-US works are covered by the Berne convention.

Hope that helps. I would go into detail, but as usual lately I'm in the middle of being somewhere else. ;)




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