Commons talk:Copyright rules

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Maximum limit?[edit]

This applies unless a country has made a specific law. Which means that 50 years is a minimum, not a maximum. Someone might take that a bit literally. Many western countries hold on to a 70 year limit. There might be a country where it is 90 years. What is the longest tem known? Are there any countries with an infinite period?

Moreover: do we need these extra rules? Have there been many discussions recently which couldnt be settled using common sense?

Teun Spaans 15:08, 26 December 2006 (UTC)

It is not a minimum either. Copyright terms for photos are not necessarily prolonged retroactively, and copyright terms were much shorter 50 years ago. The copyright of photographic images of 1965 from e.g. Finland have expired, although they are not 50 years old. --LPfi (talk) 07:25, 8 September 2012 (UTC)

Anonymous works and pma[edit]

If a work is truly anonymous, then pma (after death of author) makes no sense. I doubt any country has such terms. If the work is not anonymous, but the author is unknown to us, then we should use the more common 70 years pma, unless country of origin is known. I changed the wording of the Borda example (again). --LPfi (talk) 07:25, 8 September 2012 (UTC)

Germany has a 70 years p.m.a. term for graphic works published (or possibly created) before 1 July 1995. See the warning in the {{Anonymous-EU}} template. A very odd rule, I think. --Stefan4 (talk) 07:37, 8 September 2012 (UTC)