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Old 07-10-2009, 07:33 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by pdurrant View Post
So we had the rather odd situation that a work can be unpublished and in the public domain, but that the first person to publish it gains a 25 year copyright on it.
It's not entirely odd, because the same 25 year copyright term applies to someone who applies a non-trivial layout to a public domain work; that particular "arrangement" of the work has a copyright term of 25 years from the date of publication; it's called a "typographical copyright".
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