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[dvd-discuss] Copyright ranges


I have been wondering about this for a while, it's time to ask the experts.

Frequently I see "Copyright <x>-<y> <name>" on various things. I have no
idea what those two years might imply. It certainly doesn't seem to be
anywhere close to the duration of the copyright, more like "I have been
tinkering with the copyrighted content between these two years" or similar.

The only things I have been able to find, are rules about how to write
copyright notices (from when they were required), and none of these allow
a range of years.

What is the legal meaning of this, if any?