Guidance on Public Domain

For the first time in 20 years, authors' works entered common property ("public domain") at the beginning of 2014 in Switzerland. What does this imply specifically for the legal successors of such authors, i.e. the very people that have inherited such rights? What does this imply for authors who would like to use free works for their own creations?

Issue 1.14 of our member magazine SUISAinfo contains an article providing advice and answering key questions on the term of protection in the music sector.

Said article (in german) on the public domain topic it is available for download as a pdf on our website in the section "Law & Guidance".