Commons talk:Lex loci protectionis

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A couple points regarding this:

  1. FOP does not relate to the public domain. If a work is covered by FOP, then you can create certain types of derivatives (eg photos) without infringing its copyright. It doesn't negate the copyright of the work.
  2. The law of the source country do matter to a point. In the US, that's the URAA: If it was PD on the URAA date in the source then its PD in the US, even if it might have been protected had it been a US work of the same publication date.

Additionally it might be useful to expand this further to the general "country A" and "country B", not just "source" and "US". This could then give some help for re-users, as "Yes its OK in Germany and the USA, but its not in France".

Bear in mind its not all "US bad, others good" there's a bit the other way too: {{PD-USGov}} only covers the US. In theory, NASA could assert copyright in Europe...--Nilfanion (talk) 00:24, 3 August 2012 (UTC)

OK, thanks, I've made some clarifications. I believe the en:Rule of the shorter term would make countries that have the rule apply the same terms as PD-USGov does in the US. Rd232 (talk) 11:44, 3 August 2012 (UTC)