Tengwar on a general purpose translation site

David Starner prosfilaes at gmail.com
Mon Mar 14 18:29:03 CDT 2022

On Mon, Mar 14, 2022 at 4:07 PM Richard Wordingham via Unicode
<unicode at corp.unicode.org> wrote:
> On Sun, 13 Mar 2022 19:52:29 -0500
> David Starner via Unicode <unicode at corp.unicode.org> wrote:
> > 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.

The Berne Convention is life+50, which is 2024. It permits the rule of
the shorter term, but does not require it. The US definitely does not
have the rule of the shorter term, so British authors are treated like
Americans, and the Lord of the Rings will be in copyright there until
2049 and 2050. It doesn't look like Mexico has the rule of the shorter
term either, so it looks like 2074 there.

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a particular section, read it again and again and again . . . Sit up
straight. Eat your vegetables. Do not mumble. -- _Pascal_, ISO 7185

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