[Foundation-l] WMF/EFF and Copyright extension

geni geniice at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 22:58:26 UTC 2008

On 20/02/2008, daniwo59 at aol.com <daniwo59 at aol.com> wrote:
> Long Way to Tipperary was cowritten by Jack Judge, who died in 1938, and
>  Harry Williams who died in 1922. If it were solely Williams, the song would have
>  entered the public domain in 2017, i.e., nine years from now. On the other
>  hand,  Vera Lynn, who recorded it in 1939, is still alive today. In other words,
>   not in the lifetime of anyone actually reading this email.
>  Danny

Fortunately the actual term is life+70 not life+95 (US has
publication+95 in some cases and Mexico has life+100 but no one has

In the EU Long Way to Tipperary will therefor entered the public
domain at midnight Jan 1st 2009 (thus the wide celebration of public
domain day with people staying up to midnight to celebrate) meaning
that within the EU assuming no law changes the song will be completely
public domain on that date. Any Vera Lynn recording made in 1939 of
the song would also be completely in the public domain in the EU on
that date.


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