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Post by slinkywrench » October 6th, 2018, 2:46 pm

Hi all, I was wondering if there is a LibriVox in Canada since most stories are PD there, the legal ramifications are astounding though. Canada's copyright i believe is 50 years after publication?

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Post by Foon » October 6th, 2018, 2:52 pm

As far as I know, Canada has indeed a 50 years rule; but it's 50 years after the death of the author, not publication. The rule you write of only applies to anonymously published works, if I recall correctly.
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Post by slinkywrench » October 6th, 2018, 3:05 pm

Foon wrote:
October 6th, 2018, 2:52 pm
As far as I know, Canada has indeed a 50 years rule; but it's 50 years after the death of the author, not publication. The rule you write of only applies to anonymously published works, if I recall correctly.
Oh ok I heard star trek the old series was PD in canada?

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Post by smike » October 6th, 2018, 9:40 pm

slinkywrench wrote:
October 6th, 2018, 3:05 pm

Oh ok I heard star trek the old series was PD in canada?
I don't know, of course, but I can't imagine it. Gene Roddenberry only died in 1991.
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Post by TriciaG » October 7th, 2018, 5:58 am

No "Canada division". We work within LibriVox, and follow 2 sets of copyright laws: Canada (50 full years after death of the author) and US (generally, published in 1922 or earlier - since that's what LV follows due to their servers being in the US).

There's a "Europe division" - legamus.eu - which works on projects that are PD in Europe (70 full years after author death) but not in the USA (generally published in 1923 or later).

And I wouldn't hold my breath about ST:TOS being PD in Canada. I found one post about it on Reddit, but who knows of it's accurate - and the person who posted it doesn't type clear English.
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Post by slinkywrench » October 7th, 2018, 7:30 am

smike wrote:
October 6th, 2018, 9:40 pm
slinkywrench wrote:
October 6th, 2018, 3:05 pm

Oh ok I heard star trek the old series was PD in canada?
I don't know, of course, but I can't imagine it. Gene Roddenberry only died in 1991.
But Gene didn't own Star Trek, CBS/Paramount does, so whats the rule for corporations? Again I still think its 50 years since life of a corporation is technically forever

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Post by Availle » October 7th, 2018, 4:31 pm

Have you heard of google? or wikipedia, maybe?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_for_hire
In the United States a "work for hire" (published after 1978) receives copyright protection until 120 years after creation or 95 years after publication, whichever comes first.
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Post by tovarisch » October 7th, 2018, 5:33 pm

Yeah... No. (a) Wrench is asking about Canada, and (b) Star Trek wasn't published after 1978.
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Post by TriciaG » October 7th, 2018, 6:12 pm

Either way, LibriVox can do nothing with Star Trek, so resolution of this question is not important for us here. :)
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Post by Availle » October 7th, 2018, 6:40 pm

I'm sure he can take it from there. :D
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