Duration of Copyright

The Copyright Act provides that copyright and moral rights of the author shall be protected during the life of the author and for fifty years after his death.

Note, however, that although the author of a work may have died more than fifty years ago, this does not mean that a version of that author’s work that you see in the Library is out of copyright.  Even though the original work by the author is out of copyright, a publisher may then add original material to the work, for example, a commentary, or he may modify the layout.  That publisher would then hold the copyright for his version of the work.