United States Code
USC most recently checked for updates: Nov 15, 2019
Duration of copyright: Works created but not published or copyrighted before
January 1, 1978
Copyright in a work created before
January 1, 1978, but not theretofore in the public domain or copyrighted, subsists from January 1, 1978, and endures for the term provided by section 302. In no case, however, shall the term of copyright in such a work expire before December 31, 2002; and, if the work is published on or before December 31, 2002, the term of copyright shall not expire before December 31, 2047.
The distribution before
January 1, 1978, of a phonorecord shall not for any purpose constitute a publication of any musical work, dramatic work, or literary work embodied therein.
cite as: 17 USC 303