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In the United States, there's no distinction between photos, music, books, or movies. It breaks down as follows:
Originally posted by debunky
25 years after publishing is for photos
Movies it's 50 yeras after publishing
and for music and books its 70-75 years after the authors death (Depending on where you are)
As a general rule, for works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years. For an anonymous work, a pseudonymous work, or a work made for hire, the copyright endures for a term of 95 years from the year of its first publication or a term of 120 years from the year of its creation, whichever expires first.*
I think that was a technical limitation from the early days of YouTube before Google bought them, more than anything else.
Originally posted by DragonsDemesne
I'm not sure about the answer to your question, but I have noticed on youtube and similar sites that copyrighted video is often chopped up into segments that are just under 10 minutes. I've always thought that the reason was because 10 minutes was the maximum one could show of copyrighted work legally, but I'd definitely doublecheck that.