Template talk:PD-US-not renewed-TIME

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Worldwide??[edit]

Why would this apply worldwide? I don't think that's true. First, the U.S. joined the UCC on September 15, 1955, and secondly, the U.S. has had many bilateral copyright treaties with other countries even before that. As a result, many works that are in the public domain in the U.S. due to a failure to renew the copyright are indeed copyrighted elsewhere as most other countries do not and did not have such a two-term-with-renewal copyright. Note that the "shorter term" provisions in the UCC are all optional; and that the UCC does not preempt earlier bilateral agreements. Lupo 09:59, 30 May 2006 (UTC)

It might be true for countries that do follow the rule of the shorter term. Alas, that's not worldwide. Lupo 13:28, 30 May 2006 (UTC)
As Macao honors the rule of the shorter term pursuant to Article 51 of its Decree-Law n.o 43/99/M, I have amended this template to show that this template does not apply to China except Macao. Apparently Hong Kong and Taiwan do not honor the rule of the shorter term.--Jusjih 16:45, 16 November 2006 (UTC)