[bksvol-discuss] Copyright issues

  • From: <Jim@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2008 07:24:55 -0800

I wanted to expand on copyright issues a bit, after discussing this more
with Carrie.  

As many of you know, copyright notice is required as part of the Chafee
Amendment, specifically we must "include a copyright notice identifying
the copyright owner and the date of the original publication."

So, the problem comes up on occasion, especially with older books, on
exactly who the copyright owner is when the title or similar pages don't
say.  Our goal is to be diligent about getting this right, but I believe
that we don't have to reject books based on this.  We should be able to
search the U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress and WorldCat.org
to see what the copyright owner and date of original publication is.  In
this case of the book Ideas and beliefs of the Victorians: an historic
revaluation of the Victorian Age, the author seemed to be the British
Broadcasting Corporation and the publisher Sylvan Press.  The date of
original publication was clearly 1949. So, I voted for Sylvan Press as
the copyright owner: basically a default to publisher policy if the
copyright owner isn't clearly indicated in the book itself or these
three authoritative data sources.  If we're wrong, and the BBC contacts
us to make this point, we change it.  The odds of this happening are
pretty darn long, and the difference is minor: our users still get
access to this book in the U.S. under Chafee.

I'll check with our real attorney to confirm this as a reasonable


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