Copyright Statute of limitations of photos uploaded online

3 years 2 months ago #553643 by Otto F
Just curious, if you upload your photos online and pass away.  What are the statute of limitations on the copyright of those images if you are deceased?  


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3 years 2 months ago #553649 by Joves
It is still the length of what remains on the work itself. If I remember right Copyrights are 15 years, and can be extended. Most people of fame have their Copyrights for their works in their wills. I am not really certain though if the person getting that as an inheritance can extend it further. But they do own the works legally for the purpose of keeping them from being infringed.


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3 years 2 months ago #553675 by J Photo Man
Interesting, didn't know that.  So where do you have to copyright each photo or can that be done in batches?


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3 years 2 months ago #553821 by garyrhook
There are some errors in the above. If you do a websearch on copyright USA you find a link to the copyright office followed by a link to Wikipedia. Let's start with the latter, as it's easier to read.

(In the USA) copyright, for works created after 1972, are protected until 70 years after the creator's death.

Copyright is recognized to be inherent in the creation of a work. It's a noun, not a verb.

You do not need to register your copyright for it to be valid and recognized. our idiotic congress, in the DMCA, decided you had to register to sue someone for more than actual damages. But that's a much lengthier conversation.

Uploading is irrelevant. Public display is irrelevant. Copyright has nothing to do with any of that.

No "statute of limitations". It expires per the above.

Copyright ownership can be transferred. That does not affect its limit on a given work. It can not be extended; it is defined by law. You can also look up the Berne Convention for international factors.

There's a FAQ on copyright.gov that touches on all of this, and more. Go forth and read.


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3 years 2 months ago #553852 by Peter Nunez
Great answer Gary.  Are you a lawyer or compliance officer?  


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3 years 2 months ago #553862 by garyrhook

Peter Nunez wrote: Great answer Gary.  Are you a lawyer or compliance officer?  


Nope, a musician of 40+ years. I started paying attention to this when the world went digital and people started "sharing" MP3 files. I've never thought that it was acceptable to take someone else's work and do what you like with it, without compensation or permission. So I decided to educate myself on copyright.


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