Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act Law and Legal Definition

The Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998 extends the term of copyright. Thus, the Act amends the provisions of the Copyright Act of 1976 by increasing the tenure of copyright. The Act extends the copyright:

1. for an individual- for life of the author plus 70 years; and

2. for a corporate authorship- for 120 years after creation or 95 years after publication which ever is earlier.

The Act also provides:

1. for granting new limited termination right with respect to the 20 year period;

2. for expanding the classes of persons eligible to terminate licensing contracts; and

3. for granting libraries and nonprofit educations institutions a narrow exemption to use copyrighted works during the 20-year period.