Author talk:George Orwell
Orwell's book is technically not named "1984", but "Nineteen Eighty-Four". --126.96.36.199 22:26, 10 February 2006 (UTC)
This says his works aren't available until 2021, but the wikipedia article on Nineteen Eighty-Four says 2044. Whats up?
I think the date of 2044 is the correct one (for Nineteen Eighty-Four, anyway) because in 1949 (publication date), copyrights lasted 28 years, renewable for another 47 years (this was changed by the Copyright Act of 1976 to life of the author plus 50 years, extended to 70 years by the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act in 1998). So in the case of Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949, the term went through 1977, when it was renewed for another 47 years, and then extended an additional 20 years in 1998. So, the term now extends through 2044, meaning that Nineteen Eighty-Four will enter the public domain in the United States on January 1, 2045 (it might be a different time in other countries). --188.8.131.52 02:17, 4 October 2007 (UTC)