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The term of author's copyright under the Copyright Act (which protected only printed works) was 70 years from the publication of the work, or the lifetime of the author and 7 years thereafter, whichever was the longer.
Therefore if he died in 1924 + 70 years is 1994 and therefore yes it is no longer subject to copyright
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
Does this apply outside of the UK or just within the UK?
In other words: the book was originally printed outside of the UK, but my son is looking to self-publish the re-written text with a dedication to the original writer within the UK and Ireland.
Thank you, ***** ***** to UK law.
So even it would have to be subject to UK copyright. If not it could be reproduced anyway
But in any event 70 years has passed so it can be published in the UK
Does that help?
My concern here is that the low-cost outlets he is looking at for publishing the re-written work include an electronic version that might be of interest outside of the UK, namely Europe and the US. If something is published like that in the UK, but "consumed" in the Eu or elsewhere, would UK law be the jurisdiction of relevance? Sorry for the questions, but I am slightly confused about how copyright works across different jurisdictions as far as e-books are concerned.
Who should I ask about the international situation?
I just googled international copyright agreements, and I now understand that UK law is subject to the Berne Agreement which stipulates 50 years after the author's death, but also allows signatories to extend the period such as the UK have done to 70 years.
If this is the case, so I still need to check out all the other countries Just Ask covers?
I would just in case and to be sure.