Commentary

174 Copyright in manuscript where author died before 1 June 1957

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY vol 21(2) copyright
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174 Copyright in manuscript where author died before 1 June 1957

| Commentary

174 Copyright in manuscript where author died before 1 June 1957

Where an author died before 1 June 1957, then the ownership, after his death, of a manuscript of a work of his that has not been published or performed in public, where that ownership has been acquired under the author’s will, is prima facie proof that the owner of the manuscript is also the owner of the copyright in the manuscript1. This only applies in respect of an unpublished or unperformed literary, dramatic or musical work; not artistic works. Also, it only applies to bequests by the

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