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Hello - I used to work for a publisher and we followed uk law on copyright which is essentially that you have to wait for 70 years after the death of the person who created it before its in the public domain. For example Shakespeare's caxton folios are in the public domain but if I was to get publish my own version with annotations and images and so on my version would be owned by my estate until 70 years after my death. The Shakespearean text woudl be free. Equally with image something such as Durer engravings that were published hundreds of years ago are copyright free but if I took a photograph of the Durer engraving, no one would have a right to reproduce that photograph without my permission regardless of subject. Here's where British people should go for info http://www.patent.gov.uk/copy/indetail/ownership.htm

If I'm wrong about anything, by all means please correct me but this is my interpretation of where we stand. I'd like to hear how other people have interpreted this.
 
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