[License-discuss] [Non-DoD Source] Re: NOSA 2.0, Copyfraud and the US Government

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Fri Sep 1 17:22:15 UTC 2017

On Fri, Sep 1, 2017 at 10:44 AM, Karan, Cem F CIV USARMY RDECOM ARL (US) <
cem.f.karan.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

Wait... what??? You mean the copyright goes on until the next two world
> wars occur? How do they define a world war?  What if we luck out and no
> world wars occur?

No, it's that the expiration of copyright was retroactively tolled by
specific French legislation (one for WWI, one for WWII) for the time that
publication in France was under military censorship, preventing French
authors from fully exploiting their commercial rights.  Presumably if
France was occupied again, a similar law would be passed when the
occupation was lifted.  The status of these increases under the current
life + 70 years regime is not very clear, since that added 20 years and the
maximum extension was only 15 years.

In addition, authors who are "mort pour la France" (either as soldiers or
as civilians killed in war) are granted an additional 30 years of copyright
(thus life + 100) in compensation for whatever works they did not get to
create.  There are only about 35 creators in this position officially, but
new ones could in principle be recognized at any time.

> Just to double check, droit d’auteur is the equivalent of moral rights,
> correct?

Yes, but it generally extends to all types of works.

John Cowan          http://vrici.lojban.org/~cowan        cowan at ccil.org
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