Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property Law Questions? Ask a Lawyer
yes, once expired the work is in the public domain and can be used freely
although, as a matter of ethics/integrity, you should always provide attribution to the artist/writer etc
What do you mean by attribution?
citing the source
as opposed to claiming or implying that you created it
This piece was copyrighted in 1985, I think it is expired.
if it was copyrighted in 1985 then the copyright would still be in force
unless you mean 1885
copyright generally lasts for the life of the author plus 70rs thereafter
How long do they last?
IN THE NY SUPREME COURT