- Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita.
- Richard III, Laurence Olivier's film version of the Shakespeare play.
- Various scientific journal articles about the synthesis of DNA- and RNA-like molecules, the effect of placebos, the experimental confirmation of the existence of the antiproton, fibre optics, and the synthesis of mendelevium.
There is a certain irony that utility patents are currently protected for 20 years from application whereas articles containing know-how required to make the products of the patents can be protected for 70 years.
The RSC's policy suggested that the term of copyright protection should be reduced to 12 years for all new works, with various renewal periods but with an upper limit of 46 years' copyright protection. This would contravene the Berne Convention however given the retraction of that policy we are unlikely to see any change in the US law any time soon.
I would be interested to hear what readers think: is the current US protection of 70 years plus life too long? Is the Berne Convention minimum of 50 years plus life too long? Given that copyright is more and more often used to protect technology, should the term of protection of copyright be aligned with that of of patents?
More legible versions of the above images can be accessed here:
Map showing copyright term worldwide
© Vectorization: Clorox (diskussion), Original image: Tom Bell.