[‘All Things Come To Those Who Wait’](http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/all_things_come_to_those_who_wait) is an older version of the more common proverb [‘Good Things Come To Those Who Wait’](http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/good_things_come_to_those_who_wait).
When the [poor fellow waiting in the picture above](http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cruikshank_Admiralty_Waiting_Room.jpg) was published, copyright in printed matter in the UK [expired at the same time the author did](http://www.copyrighthistory.org/cgi-bin/kleioc/0010/exec/ausgabe/%22uk_1814%22). By 1842 copyright [outlived the author by 7 years](http://www.copyrighthistory.org/cgi-bin/kleioc/0010/exec/ausgabe/%22uk_1842%22). By 1911 it became [50 years post mortem](http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo5/1-2/46/enacted). Now copyright lasts for [70 years after the author’s demise](http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/1995/3297/made). Admittedly rather a long wait.
At least our very patient friend above has time on his side. And at least he can console himself with the fact that – if he can wait long enough – everything will enter the public domain eventually [^1].
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[^1]: With the strange and wonderful exception of Peter Pan, that incorrigible rascal who has fallen out of copyright, but nevertheless [keeps compelling everyone](http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/48/section/301) – [except the Disney Corporation](http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/1447493/Disney-quits-Peter-Pan-film-after-row-over-Gt-Ormond-St.html) – [to give](http://www.gosh.org/gen/peterpan/copyright/faq/) to [Great Ormond Street Hospital for children](http://www.gosh.org/gen/donate/).