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Originally posted by SummerLightning
Copyright (in the UK at least) is almost invariably held by the author or his/heir estate, and that applies to books from the 1940s and 50s just as it does to contemporary titles. Generally, original publication will have been covered by a contract which gave the publisher total rights or, more usually, first British rights (ie those covering the first publication in Britain), first British and Commonwealth. first world etc. Rights revert to the author once those first editions go out of print. I think most other countries are likely to have had similar arrangements - a possible exception being the USA, which did not ratify the Berne Convention on Copyright until 1989.
In our own case, the publisher happily reverted rights to my wife in relation to two novels published in 2001 and 2002. It required no arm-twisting or complications at all.
FIRST DRAFT OF POTENTIAL LETTER TO PUBLISHERS FROM AUTHORS OR THEIR FAMILIES
Back in (insert year), your company kindly published my book about Unidentified Flying Objects, (insert book title).
My book has not been republished since then. Presumably my book will not be republished commercially in the future.
However, that book examined issues regarding UFOs which continue to be discussed online. I think that making my book available online would make a contribution to that debate and possibly help reduce the amount of nonsense that appears on the Internet in relation to UFO sightings.
I'm not sure whether your company continues to have any rights in relation to my book. Rather than spending time (and possibly money) looking into the legal position, I thought I'd simply ask if your company would agree that any rights in relation to my book now revert to me so that I can self-publish my book (probably online, free of charge).
Your assistance with this matter would be appreciated.
Incidentally, I remain an active author in this field. If your company has any interest in publishing further books about UFOs, I would be happy to submit a relevant book proposal.
Originally posted by mysterioustranger
reply to post by IsaacKoi
I have to be careful not to imply anything illegal here, especially since I am a copyright owner myself (and both sides of the coin in this case are HEADS-both positive in favor-of themselves)....you might just try and go ahead and put up a few of the oldest ones. You may or may not get any flack from the owners.
Originally posted by Wonderer77
I've found one of the best ways to begin building a database of this sort is to try a Google search - "ufo books public domain." This returned several million hits and the first several had a variety of books and other UFO-related materials available as free PDFs or e-books, all either in the public domain or free of copyright.
Originally posted by johnthejedi24
Frankly once an author has died or his/her materials hit the web it should be free reign. I just don't see what the whole stigma is with copyrights of books that are 50-60 years old.