Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States

Chart of copyright terms and public domain in the U.S. Part of the Digital Stewardship Curriculum Module 4: Share It.

This document from the Cornell University Library Copyright Information Center is a chart showing copyright terms and public domain under United States copyright law. Includes time periods and information regarding published works, unpublished works, sound recordings, special cases, and architectural works. This chart does not cover concepts such as fair use and sovereignty as discussed by Jane Anderson, but can be used as a baseline reference. This document is part of Module 4: Share It of the Digital Stewardship Curriculum.