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In Conversation With Steve Allen 6am - 7am
26 September 2017, 15:55
His stories make millions each year, but do his heirs get any of the royalties?
Mystery hour Question
William Shakespeare is still listed as one of the best selling authors each year, but does anybody get the money from his royalties?
Unfortunately not, there’s a limit to royalties. In most countries it’s until the end of the author’s life, plus a number of years. In the UK it’s 70 years after death, so it’s well after Shakespeare’s time. It goes straight to the publisher and that’s how they can afford to bash out the classics for next to nothing.