[PGCanada] Canadian copyright for corporations

Andrew Sly sly at victoria.tc.ca
Tue Jan 18 15:20:57 PST 2005

Beautiful! Thank you Wallace. I should have realized that,
if I had thought it out.

Then the question reloves around your use of the phrase
"the author's identity becomes known". What needs to be
considered done for that to have happened?

For the purposes of copyright clearance for PG Canada,
how much research needs to be done to show that an
author's name has not been made public?
(Copyright laws that have you trying to prove that
something has _not_ been done are seldom any fun.)


On Tue, 18 Jan 2005, Wallace J.McLean wrote:

> "A previously considered anonnymous work" can only become something
> other than "anonymous" during that fifty year post-publication term.
> ("during that term..."
> Since a PG Canada can't assume public domain status until
> publication+50 has run out, and the owner of copyright can only claim
> the life+ term before publication+50 runs out, a PG Canada doesn't have
> to worry one little bit. If the author's identity becomes known on New
> Year's Eve, then the work just continues under copyright and we
> wouldn't have been able to use it before then anyway. If the author's
> identity becomes known of New Year's Day, then it doesn't change the
> fact that copyright has expired.

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