In yesterday’s Final Project lecture on copyright (UK copyright lasts for 70 years after the death of the author, people; not after the date of publication of the text!) an interesting question was raised. What about posthumously published works? This is what my extensive googling proper-research-no-seriously-honestly-I-did has uncovered:
With effect from 1 August 1989, the 1988 Act provided a fixed period of 50 years from 1 Jan 1990 for unpublished works in existence at 31 July 1989. Works created on or after 1 August 1989 enjoy the normal copyright period, calculated in relation to the author’s life, whether they are published or not. These periods are unchanged by the 1995 Regulations.
So there you have it. rather complicated, really. [AR]