A brief guide to copyright durations
Currently: UK, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal. Provides protection for life of the artist plus 70 years from the end of the year of death of the artist.
If the artist died before 11th November 1987 their work is protected for life plus 80 years.
French war artists
If the work of art was published before 31st December 1920 it is protected for life of the artist plus 84 years and 272 days, and if it was published after that date, then it is protected for life plus 78 years and 120 days.
Life of the artist plus 70 years. Please note that the legislation extending the duration from life 50 years to life 70 years was not retrospective. This means that if an artist was out of copyright under the 50 year rule on 27th October 1998, they stay out of copyright even if it is now less than 70 years since their death. It should also be noted that before 1978, copyright protection was not automatic - works had to be registered with the US copyright office. Protection also varies depending on whether the work was created before 1978 and whether it was published by that date.
Australasia, Japan, Poland, Russian Federation, South Africa
All provide protection for the life of the artist plus 50 years. In Japan, artists who were nationals of the UK, US and other Allied war nations before the Pacific War have been awarded an extension of copyright term of a further 3,794 days.