Public Domain Calculation

Consumers of content in principle have the right to use works which are in the public domain without permission and with no copyright restrictions. In practice however determining if a work has passed into the public domain can often prove difficult. This is especially true when attempting to determine the public domain status of content in multiple jurisdictions. The Public Domain Calculators available on this website answer the question of whether a certain work or other subject matter vested with copyright or neighbouring rights (related rights) has fallen into the public domain in a given European country.

On this website you can use our calculators, a simple interface between consumers of content and the often complex set of national rules governing the duration of copyright, in order to determine the term of protection of a given work. You can also explore the research behind the Public Domain Calculators or embed the Calculators in your own projects.