Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.

In October 1998, Congress enacted Public Law 105-298, the ” Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act,” which extends the term of copyright protection, for works created in 1978 or later, from life of the author plus 50 years to life plus 70 years, or for pre-1978 works, from 75 years to 95 years. Works made for hire are now protected for 95 years from publication or 120 years from creation, rather than 75 years from publication or 100 years from creation, as provided under prior law.

The extra 20 years of protection brings U.S. law into line with European standards, and will be available to all works still in their initial or renewal term of copyright as of October 27, 1998, the effective date of the amendments. Works which have already fallen into the public domain are not revived by the new legislation.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

Reprints & Licensing
Mentioned in a Law.com story?

License our industry-leading legal content to extend your thought leadership and build your brand.


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.