Tengwar on a general purpose translation site

Richard Wordingham richard.wordingham at ntlworld.com
Mon Mar 14 16:04:03 CDT 2022

On Sun, 13 Mar 2022 19:52:29 -0500
David Starner via Unicode <unicode at corp.unicode.org> wrote:

> On Sun, Mar 13, 2022 at 6:03 AM Richard Wordingham via Unicode
> <unicode at corp.unicode.org> wrote:
> > The estate appears to be relying on copyright.  That generally
> > expires in 2044, on the 70th anniversary of Tolkien's death.  
> More than half the people in the world live in nations with differing
> copyright terms, including the three biggest (China, India and the US)
> and 12 out of the 20 biggest nations. China and many other nations are
> life+50, so in 2024; India and Bangladesh are life+60, so 2034, and
> the US is 95 years from publication*, so 2033 for anything in the
> Hobbit to 2050 for Return of the King. Mexico is life+100, so it looks
> like the Lord of the Rings will be under copyright there until 2074.
> * Yes, it's more complex, but that's the applicable rule.

But do any of those later dates apply to works by a purely British
author?  The Berne convention does not extend the copyright beyond
2044, which is the rule for British authorship.  What about the
copyright in 'Peter Pan' and the King James Bible?  (They're still in
copyright in the UK.)


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