Musical Compositions Copyright Term For Works Published or First Registered in the U.S.

(Updated as of 2021)

  • Before 1926: public domain

  • 1926-1977 (copyright not renewed): public domain

  • 1926-1977 (copyright renewed): 95 years after publication date

  • 1978 and on (corporate authorship): 95 years after publication date or 120 years from creation, whichever expires first

  • 1978 and on (not corporate authorship): 70 years after the death of author

Note: See for details on variations of the above for works created before 1978 but published between 1978-2002.

In Hymns of Praise (published by USGA in 2010), all of the copyrighted hymns at the time of publication are arranged as hymns 470-525 (56 hymns in total). As of 2021, 9 of those hymns (470, 473, 486, 488, 489, 492, 493, 494, 495) are in the public domain as a result of exceeding 95 years after publication.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also received permission from the copyright owner of 511 to be able to use, display, perform, stream and broadcast this hymn during our virtual services and any recordings of such services.

Fair Use

  • Fair use of a copyrighted work for purposes such as criticism, comment, teaching, scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.

Note: See for a detailed explanation on fair use.