Re: Copyright Advice Needed
Thomas H. Harbold (tharbold@NS1.WMDC.EDU)
Wed, 15 Apr 1998 11:04:51 -0400
It'd be great if someone could find out whether or not these items are
copyrighted, and (whether they are or not) if they could be put on a
website, or otherwise disbursed for the enlightenment of those of us who
might not have access to the originals. I'm guessing that there's a *lot*
of wisdom in some of those old books and manuals which could be of great
benefit to us these days, if it were only more widely available. Thanks to
Rick, Larry, and others who are working on this matter -- my old-style BSA
"garrison" cap is off to anyone who can make it happen! :-)
Yours in Scouting,
At 8:10 AM -0700 4/14/98, Lawrence Tuck wrote:
>Rick Seymour wrote:
>> Much of this material was first copyrighted in the 1930s, making the
>> copyright more than 50 years old, which I seem to remember as a
>> magic number in copyright law.
>> I would be willing to put Hillcourt's material on a web site if someone
>> could figure out the copyright on old Scoutmaster Handbooks.
>When Hillcourt's book was written, copyright was for 28 years, and could
>be renewed once. Since then, the law has changed, and a standard
>copyright is for the life of the author, plus 50 years. The exception is
>"works for hire"--for example, if Hillcourt wrote his handbooks for BSA
>as an employee of BSA, and the copyright is registered in the name of
>BSA rather than Hillcourt himself. In this case, under the current law
>copyright term is 75 years from date of first publication.
>The new law is retroactive to works published before 1976 IF an renewal
>was applied for before the original copyright expired.
>Old handbooks I have are Copyright Boy Scouts of America and I imagine
>BSA has renewed its copyrights.
>Unless there's a copyright lawyer around who can offer better advice,
>I'd suggest writing to BSA, probably the publications division, and ask
>for permission to post the material to the Web for historical and
>educational purposes. The worst that can happen is they might say no.
>I wonder how Lew Orans, who has provided us with so much inspirational
>material on his Pine Treet Web, handles this issue.
>ASM Troop 761
>Thousand Oaks, CA
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