Note about American Copyright Law
On October 27th 1998 the Sonny Bono Copyright text term Extension Act was signed into law. This act extends Copyright protection in the U.S for 20 years. This means that nothing will enter public domain until 2019. The United States has two forms of Copyright protection 1.If a work was created on commission or for a corporate identity, the term of protection has been moved from 75 years to 95 years. Meaning that works published before 1923 are the last to enter public domain before 2019. If the rights are retained by an artist, the term of protection has moved from life plus 50 years to life plus 70 years. Meaning that the artist had to have died before 1948 for the work to be in public domain. It is my sincere wish that you get as much pleasure in seeing these works, some for the first time in a digital form, as it was for me " to collect them."