Music copyright

Can someone tell me when copyright on a song runs out if ever it does. Thanks

(from here)

Note that the above-quoted text discusses U.S. law. Foreign law may be different.

Note also that in the case of music, both the original composition (the song) and the performance thereof are copyrightable. So a recording made today of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony would be under copyright protection, even though the underlying music is not.


Garfield can you give me a link for that info please.

The link is the text that says “from here.” has all the info – the quote is from the copyright law.

Are you talking about the song as a composition, or are you talking about a recording of a song? Different laws apply.