Commons:Copyright rules by territory/Free City of Danzig

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This page provides an overview of copyright rules of the Free City of Danzig relevant to uploading works into Wikimedia Commons. Note that any work originating in the Free City of Danzig must be in the public domain, or available under a free license, in both Poland and the United States before it can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. If there is any doubt about the copyright status of a work from the Free City of Danzig, refer to the relevant laws for clarification.


The Free City of Danzig was a semi-autonomous city-state that existed between 1920 and 1939, consisting of the Baltic Sea port of Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland) and surrounding areas primarily inhabited by Germans. The Free City was under League of Nations protection and in a binding customs union with Poland.[1]

General rules

German law as amended to 1910 was applicable.

  • Copyright expired 50 years after death of the author
  • For anonymous works, copyright expired 50 years after publication according to the Berne Convention.

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  1. Kaczorowska, Alina (20 April 2010) Public International Law 4/e, Taylor & Francis, p. 199 Retrieved on 13 November 2018. ISBN: 978-0-203-84847-0.
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