The Length of Literary Copyright

. The United States gives twenty-eight years, with the right of extension for fourteen more; in all, forty-two years. Mexico, Guatemala, and Venezuela, in perpetuity. Colombia and Spain, author’s life and eighty years after. Belgium, Ecuador, Norway, Peru, Russia, and Tunis, author’s life and fifty years after. Italy, author’s life and forty years after; the full term to be eighty years in any event. France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, author’s life and thirty years after. Hayti, author’s life, widow’s life, childrens’ lives, and twenty years after the close of the latest period. Brazil, Sweden, and Roumania, author’s life and ten years after. Great Britain, author’s life and seven years after his decease; to be forty-two years in any event. Bolivia, full term of author’s life. Denmark and Holland, fifty years. Japan, author’s life and five years after. South Africa, author’s life; fifty years in any event.

Taken from Gesta Typographica by Chas. Jacobi, 1897, page 21.

The first work in the English language

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The letters in the alphabets of the different nations

Newspapers were first printed

[The Vatican’s Printing Press]

Benvenue

Richard Pynson

Some Numerals

John Gutenberg

Stereotyping

The first work printed in Germany in the Roman characters

John Fust, or Faust

The first work in the English language

The Length of Literary Copyright

The letters in the alphabets of the different nations

Henry Stephens, Stephanus, or Étienne

Robert Stephens

Charles Stephens

Henry Stephens

Robert Stephens

Francis Stephens

Balls

The Stationers’ Company

Benjamin Franklin