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How long does a copyright last for a work created before January 1, 1978 but published later?

If a work was created before January 1, 1978, but not published until after that date, it will have copyright protection just like any work created after January 1, 1978 - it will be protected for the duration of the author’s life plus 70 years.

However, if the author died more than 70 years ago, the work is still protected and will continue to be protected until December 31, 2047 (as long as it was published before December 31, 2002).