[bksvol-discuss] Re: Copyright question

Hi, JIm,

Why are you laboring on Labor Day? It's a no-labor
day--smile.

But seriously, thanks for checking with the lawyer and
reporting  back to us. The situation has come up with
some regularity, because people obtain books that are
privately published and are never copyrighted. I've
come across a couple that were donated to our
used-book store. Now we have the official word and the
reason.

It would seem that if a book wasn't copyrighted, we'd
not be breaking any copyright law by posting the book.
However, the only solution I know of is to write to
the publisher or author, if an address can be found,
and ask for permission, or ask them to send a copy of
the book to bookshare. There are have been some books
published by religious organizations and not
copyrighted where the question has come up. Whether
the validator did actually right to the publisher or
not, I don't know.

Cindy

--- Jim@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:

> Just to let folks know, I touched base with our
> lawyer about the "we
> have the entire book but there's no copyright
> notice" question.  Our
> legal requirement under Section 121 is "include a
> copyright notice
> identifying the copyright owner and the date of the
> original
> publication."   Usually, this is on a front matter
> page.  If we don't
> have either, we can't put it up on Bookshare.org.  
> I'm wondering if
> there is another acceptable way to track this
> information down if it's
> not in the book itself.   
> 
> Of course, the usual reason we reject books as
> lacking copyright is
> because the person scanning the book didn't scan
> that page.  In such
> cases, going back and scanning the copyright page
> and adding it back
> into the file is the only reasonable solution if
> that book is available.
> 
> 
> But, I found this corner case interesting and worth
> a little more
> investigation. 
> 
> Jim
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