From other posts I have learned that copyrights expire some amount of time after the owner's death. But from what I know ownership can be passed on after death. If the owner of a copyright hands over the ownership (through a will or other means) does that mean that the copyright will now expire after the aforementioned amount of time after this person's death?

closed as off-topic by overactor, Martijn, Ankit Popli, Zizouz212, HDE 226868 Jun 27 '15 at 17:54

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    I'm voting to close this because it is not about open source, but rather about copyright. This is not a question that will come up mainly when dealing with open source either. – overactor Jun 27 '15 at 16:05
  • I have changed it @overactor to better fit open source – Trevor Clarke Jun 27 '15 at 16:13
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    @TrevorClarke we're faring into boat programming waters here. – overactor Jun 27 '15 at 16:15
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    I'm voting to close this because it is not about open source, but primarily about copyright. It would be a much better candidate for Law.SE – Zizouz212 Jun 27 '15 at 16:41

No, the copyright term is x year after the creators death, not after the current owners death.

  • More than "Oh boy, international copyright term, well, it's a sad and long tale of international intrigue, Sonny Bono, and Somalian Pirates"? – Martijn Jun 29 '15 at 8:25

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