Copyright Guidelines

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Please note that all contributions to Jefferson County NY Wiki are considered to be released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) ([1]). If you do not want your writing to be edited mercilessly and redistributed at will, then do not submit it here.

You are also promising us that you wrote this yourself, or copied it from a public domain or similar free resource. Do not submit copyrighted work without permission!

These are general guidelines to look for when using written or photographic sources to create pages here on the Jefferson County Wiki. Please also refer to the Mission Statement for further guidelines for editing and creating pages.

Do not cut and paste info directly from newspapers, magazines, websites, etc unless it is in the public domain or you have permission to use it. Same for photos and graphics - searching Google and finding a photo you want to use is PROHIBITED! You must have permissions form the owner of the photo or it must be in the public domain.

Created 1-1-78 or after When work is fixed in tangible medium of expression Life + 70 years {1}(or if work of corporate authorship, the shorter of 95 years from publication, or 120 years from creation){2}
Published before 1923 In public domain None
Published from 1923 - 63 When published with notice{3} 28 years + could be renewed for 47 years, now extended by 20 years for a total renewal of 67 years. If not so renewed, now in public domain
Published from 1964 - 77 When published with notice 28 years for first term; now automatic extension of 67 years for second term
Created before 1-1-78 but not published 1-1-78, the effective date of the 1976 Act which eliminated common law copyright Life + 70 years or 12-31-2002, whichever is greater
Created before 1-1-78 but published between then and 12-31-2002 1-1-78, the effective date of the 1976 Act which eliminated common law copyright Life + 70 years or 12-31-2047 whichever is greater


Term of joint works is measured by life of the longest-lived author.

Works for hire, anonymous and pseudonymous works also have this term. 17 U.S.C. ' 302(c).

Under the 1909 Act, works published without notice went into the public domain upon publication. Works published without notice between 1-1-78 and 3-1-89, effective date of the Berne Convention Implementation Act, retained copyright only if, e.g., registration was made within five years. 17 U.S.C. ' 405.

Notes courtesy of Professor Tom Field, Franklin Pierce Law Center


When Works Pass Into The Public Domain