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That's not necessarily the case for compound works in Europe.

For instance, in the UK the copyright in a film only expires as you say in the event that the film does not have a director, screenplay, authored dialogue or composed music. If it has any of them them the countdown begins at the end of the year in which the last of them dies (which is fifty years in this instance). Also worth noting that even though the film may go out of copyright in this scenario, the script/dialogue does not until seventy years after the death of the writer. Work for hire is irrelevant to that consideration.




Film and architectural works are special cases, not the general rule. Not all compound works enjoy individual copyright term extension.




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