Commons:Checking if copyright was renewed

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Shortcut: COM:RENEWAL You may have noticed the possibility of US works being in the public domain because their copyright was not renewed in the Hirtle chart.

But how do you verify?

Go to https://archive.org/details/copyrightrecords and enter your search terms. For example the name of the work, the author or the company the author worked for. Don't forget to select "Text contents" instead of "Metadata"!

Please remember that not finding anything is not an absolute guarantee the copyright was not renewed. But if you have looked well, this is good enough to upload the work to Commons with {{PD-US-not renewed}} tag.