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Copyright for Solent Students

Guide for students on copyright

How long does copyright last?

Copyright protection starts as soon as a work is created. Once copyright has expired, anyone can use or copy your work.

 Type of work

How long copyright usually lasts

Written, dramatic, musical and artistic work

70 years after the author’s death

Sound and music recording

70 years from when it’s first published

Films

70 years after the death of the director, screenplay author or composer

Broadcasts

50 years from when it’s first broadcast

Layout of published editions of written, dramatic or musical works 

25 years from when it’s first published

Please note:"Layout of published editions of written, dramatic or musical works" refers to the typographical layout. 

For more details see How copyright protects your work