Duration of Copyright

This guide was last updated in 2013 and some of the rules of copyright may have been revised and added to in the intervening years, particularly in regards to digital use.

Duration of Copyright depends on when a photograph was taken because provisions of all the Acts of 1862, 1911, 1956 and 1988 were carried over by the succeeding Act even if the old Act was repealed. It’s not enough to say that copyright in most photographs is 70 years pma because of the complications of the earlier Acts.