Duration of Copyright

Duration of Copyright

Term of copyright in sound recordings – In the case of a sound recording copyright shall subsist until sixty years from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the sound recording is published. 

Term of copyright in Government works – In the case of Government work, where Government is the first owner of the copyright therein, copyright shall subsist until sixty years from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the record is first published.

Term of copyright in works of public undertakings - In the case of a work, where a public undertaking is the first owner of the copyright therein, copyright shall subsist until sixty years from the beginning of the calendar years next following the year in which the work is first published.

Term of copyright in anonymous and pseudonymous works -  In the case of a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work (other than a photograph), which is published anonymously or pseudonymously, copyright shall subsist until sixty years from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the work is first published. Provided that where the identity of the author is disclosed before the expiry of the said period, copyright shall subsist until sixty years from the beginning of the calendar year following the year in which the author dies.

Term of copyright in published literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works -  Except as otherwise hereinafter provided, copyright shall subsist in any literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work (other than a photograph) published within the lifetime of the author until sixty years from the beginning of the calendar year next following the year in which the author dies. In this section the reference to the author shall, in the case of a work of joint authorship, be construed as a reference to the author who dies last.