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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 30, July 25, 2010, Article 14

COPYRIGHTS AND REPRINT PERMISSION: WHERE AND FOR HOW LONG?

Dick Hanscom of Alaska Rare Coins submitted these questions of relevance to all numismatic authors. -Editor

I believe I have a few questions more in keeping with the purpose of this email newsletter!

Years ago, I started thinking about a book on Alaska numismatics, gathering articles that I thought would show the history of the territory through its monetary instruments.

I have used some of these articles in my newsletter (with permission).

My question is this: If I have permission to reprint something, does that permission expire? I would assume that if I have permission to use it in the newsletter, I would have to get additional permission to include it in a book.

Now, if a magazine had an article I would like to include, but is no longer in business, how do I find the copyright holder?

Thanks for your help. I am sure the answers will generate more questions.

I'm sure some of our readers will chime in, but here are my thoughts. Permission to reprint is generally given only for a particular context, such as a newsletter. Assuming the permission was given in writing, that communication should state the context. The permission to reprint could be defined narrowly or broadly - it all depends on what the document says.

Now, if the newsletter were to be compiled into a book format, I don't think additional permission would be needed - it's still the newsletter, just presented in another form. But publishing the content in a book totally separate from the newsletter is problematic.

As for finding copyright holders, this was discussed in earlier issues, such as Ben Keele's response in the March 21, 2010 issue. See: MORE ON SHIRJIEH PUBLISHERS AND COPYRIGHTS . (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v13n12a12.html) -Editor


Wayne Homren, Editor

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