One set of books I was considering downloading from the site were part of the Barsoom series written by Edgar Rice Burroughs. 5 of these books, published in the us from 1917-22, are now in the public domain, and I assumed that, using the rule of the shorter term, these books were now in the public domain here. However, I came across the following on wikipedia:
This statement wasn't supported by any reference, so for all I know it could be made up, but I wanted to check if, given that the author was american living in america, it is possible for it to still be copywritten here?The American copyright of the five earliest novels has expired in the United States, and they appear on a number of free e-text sites. However, because they were separately copyrighted in Great Britain, these works remain protected under the Berne Copyright Convention in the UK and throughout much of the world.