Olen York sent me this question awhile back. I would be interested in what people think. It involves the interplay between the 1909 Act and Section 303 of the 1976 Act. Here it is, slightly revised:
A mural is created in 1940 under a work for hire, but the work is not published. The author of the mural dies in 1950. What is the term of protection?
The term can't be life of the author plus 70 years since it is work for hire.