Copyright Issues

Some of the novels are available online for free download but you should be aware that, in the UK at least, this is probably not strictly legal until after 31st December 2010 as Benson died in 1940 as that's when copyright on his works expires.

However it's a curious area: he came out of copyright under the old 50 year rule in 1990 and then went back into copyright on 1st January, 1996 as a result of The Duration of Copyright and Rights in Performances Regulations 1995 (SI 1995/3297) which extended the duration of copyright on written works to 70 years.

It's a messy business but thankfully it will resolve itself shortly and once it has there will probably be some new printings of his works by out of copyright publishing houses.

copyright_issues.txt · Last modified: 2009-11-30 09:01 by pkoldham
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