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Copyright issues with a text

I set a text a few years ago, and am only now doing my due diligence to determine if it is in the public domain.

I found a copy of the poem in a book published after 1923 (1926 or 1927, my notes are hazy), and the author died in 1933. While the author is British, I am assured that this will have no bearing on whether or not the poem is in the public domain here in the U.S.A. (Though, I would greatly like to be able to publish in the U. K. if there were demand for it.)

Any thoughts on the matter?
on November 4, 2013 6:29pm
Your best bet, of course, would to be to speak with a copyright attorney. Having said that, it is my understanding that it would depend on whether the book you mentioned was the first publication of the text. If so, then the text would still be copyrighted as long as the copyright was renewed after the first 28 years. If it was published elsewhere first, it would depend on that date. The death date of the writer is immaterial. 
The rules are different in Britain, and I am not familiar with them. 
A good summary of US copyright appears at
on November 5, 2013 12:26am
In the UK copyright exists until 70 years after the death of the author/composer. I am uncertain about what happens if the author has ceded copyright to a publishing company. My instinct
would say that the 70 year rule still applied but from the date of publication (but that is a guess!).
Stuart McIntosh
on November 5, 2013 7:02am
How long does a copyright last?
The term of copyright for a particular work depends on several factors, including whether it has been published, and, if so, the date of first publication. As a general rule, for works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. For an anonymous work, a pseudonymous work, or a work made for hire, the copyright endures for a term of 95 years from the year of its first publication or a term of 120 years from the year of its creation, whichever expires first. For works first published prior to 1978, the term will vary depending on several factors. To determine the length of copyright protection for a particular work, consult chapter 3 of the Copyright Act (title 17 of the United States Code). More information on the term of copyright can be found in Circular 15aDuration of Copyright, and Circular 1Copyright Basics
on November 14, 2013 5:20pm
I resolved the issue: finally found a scan of the poem in question online with a copyright of 1899 and reprinting in 1901. Definitely public domain.
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