UK Copyright on Tolkien's works have another 30 years to run. What do people think will be the first thing pounced on, and in what way, after 2nd September 2043? US Copyright, at publication date plus 95 years, will feed the works in gradually, but at around the same time. The Silmarillion might be considered to be Christopher Tolkien's work, and therefore still under copyright. If this were the case, it would apply to the entire HoME/BoLT/UF publications as well. Anything published during Tolkien's lifetime would be game.