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Is Azathoth, the daemon sultan at the center of the universe.....

... in public domain?

Seriously, is he, (it?) in public domain? I want to use Azathoth in something i am writing, but my research is getting mixed responses. Namely, it seems to be both copyright (by Chaosium) and in the public domain. Any thoughts?

The same goes for Nyarlathotep.
 

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Kramodlog

Naked and living in a barrel
All of Lovecraft's creations have been in the public domain for a while now, but it does vary from one country to the next. I believe the law in the US says they become public 75 years after an author's death. 50 years in Canada. This is why you might have scene James Bond lit sold by Canadian publishers.
 
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(shaking my head)

It's not that simple. The Copyright Term Extension Act (CTEA) of 1998 extended copyright terms in the United States by 20 years. Copyright protection for works published before January 1, 1978, was increased by 20 years to a total of 95 years.
 

Nagol

Unimportant
... in public domain?

Seriously, is he, (it?) in public domain? I want to use Azathoth in something i am writing, but my research is getting mixed responses. Namely, it seems to be both copyright (by Chaosium) and in the public domain. Any thoughts?

The same goes for Nyarlathotep.

Cthulhu stuff gets a bit murky. Some of Lovecraft's work is in the public domain (anything published before 1923). The material published after that falls under the 1976 copyright revamp that moved the copyright clock from publication date to author's death. Older works got a renewal option to move their copyright period from publication + 28 years to publication + 95 years, if a renewal was filed with the Copyright Office Additionally, works by other writers like Clark Ashton Smith, who built upon the mythos, are still under copyright.
 



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