Duration of Copyright Protection

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The duration of copyright protection varies according to the format of the work. In respect of the following works the term of protection is:

Category of Work
Duration of Protection
Literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works
Copyright protection expires 70 years after the death of the author/creator
Films
Copyright protection expires 70 years after the last of the following dies, the director, the author of the screenplay, the author of the dialogue of the film, or the author of the music composed for use in the film.

Sound recordings
Copyright protection expires 70 years after the sound recording is made or if it is made available to the public then 50 years from the date it was made available to the public.

Broadcasts
Copyright protection expires 50 years after the broadcast is first transmitted
The typographical arrangement of a published edition
Copyright protection expires 50 years after the date it is first made available to the public

Computer-generated works
Copyright protection expires 70 years after the date it is first made available to the public

Chapter 3 of the Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000 (No. 28 of 2000) Links to external website deals in greater detail with the duration of copyright in Ireland.