© Notice for the Abdullah Yusuf Ali translation
The English text presented here was free of copyright in the US until 1996, at which point it had a pro-forma copyrighted status created which will last until 2033. However in many countries, including its original country of publication, Pakistan, this text is currently in the public domain.
Abdullah Yusuf Ali died in 1952, and Pakistan (his country of residence) has copyright rules of life+50. So the Pakistan copyright expired in 2002. The Yusuf Ali Qur'an English text was first published in the US in 1946, but was never registered or renewed, so it was never copyrighted in the US. The GATT copyright law granted US copyrights to works not in the public domain in the country of publication as of 1/1/1996, for a full term of 95 years from the date of original publication. This includes works that were never copyrighted in the US or whose US copyrights had already expired, in which category this work falls.
We are sure that Yusuf Ali labored on this work so that it can be read and studied by everyone; Muslims, non-Muslims, admirers and critics alike. However, if anyone can establish that they are the copyright holder, we will promptly comply with their wishes.