Using Music Works
Anyone can use works with the protection period of copyright extinguished
Expiration of protection period of copyright
- Works with the protection period extinguished pursuant to the type of works relevant to the following may be used freely without use authorization from the author (Article 39 through Article 41 of the “Copyright Act”).

Type of work 

Starting point of reckoning expiration period 

Protection period 

Exclusive works 

Following year of author’s death 

Seventy (70) years 

Joint works 

Following year of the last author’s death 

Works with no name or nickname 

(Writer unknown) 

Following year in which work is made public 

Works made for hire 

Following year in which work is made public