The Term Quagmire
Generally, when you think of copyright term, you think in terms of the author's
lifespan, plus some bonus years. However, as Congress keeps extending the
bonus years in an interminable game of hopscotch to keep Micky Mouse out of the
public domain, the calculus for determining copyright term becomes a little
more. In fact, as you can see in the flowchart below, the calculus really
begins to look like calculus.