Tor Iver Wilhelmsen
Major Sholto wrote:
* Neither the United States nor the European Union has passed a copyright term extension since these conditions were last updated. (This must be a condition because the exact numbers in the other conditions depend on the state of the law at any given moment.)
If I recall correctly, EU copyright law does not make such extensions retroactive; so a work with a given copyright expiry will expire according to the original terms. This is what frustrates Disney so much, since their early works will in fact pass into the public domain here...
(The irony of it is that Disney themselves have saved a lot of money by making works based on expired works like Hunchback of Notre Dame and the Pocahontas stories).
As for games, only particular expressions of an idea are copyrightable, but game mechanics can be patented, e.g. Garfield's patent for the mechanics used in Deckmaster games like Magic: the Gathering and V:tES. So keep that in mind as well.