From: Paul S. Dixon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jun 26 1997 - 03:16:35 EDT
I just received what appears to be reliable information
regarding copyright laws. It says:
Here's what the Stanford Copyright FAQ says:
A work in the public domain can be copied freely by
anyone. Such works include those of the U.S. Government and
works for which the copyright has expired. Generally, for
works created after 1978, the copyright lasts for fifty
years beyond the life of the author. Works created before,
but not published before, 1978 have special rules. For
works created and first published between 1950 and 1978 the
copyright lasts 75 years. For works created and first
published before 1950, it lasts for 28 years but could have
been renewed for another 28 years. When planning a project,
start by identifying works in the public domain that can be
reused in the new work. Request permissions for materials
not in the public domain early in the project. It is
easier to redesign a project in the beginning stages if you
discover that permission to copy cannot be obtained for
certain images or sounds.
Machen published the book in 1923 and died in 1937. The
copyright was renewed in 1951 by Arthur Machen.
Even if what we have is some kind of revised work published in
1937 (the year Machen died), and renewed once, it is still in
the public domain. (1937 + 28 + 28 = 1993)
Thank you Phil, Dennis, and Paul N. for your help in this regard.
So, it looks like there is no problem with putting Machen on-line.
Paul S. DIxon
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