On Sat, 2 Nov 2002, Annette and Lloyd wrote:
> I dont know how the copywright thing works when the book is out of print .
> I think the copy right law has limitations ,I just dont know how it
Copyright lasts for the lifetime of the author *plus* 50/75/90 years
after his death (depending on the jurisdiction you live in, but
none are less than 50 years that I'm aware of). If the
author is alive, or died in the last 50/75/90 years, then it is
illegal for anyone to make a copy of the book even if the book is
currently out of print. Doesn't stop people, but it's illegal.
If the book is old enough that the text is out of copyright (e.g.,
reprints of books written in the 1812 period), the *text* can be
reproduced legally, but not necessarily the *representation* of that
text. A facsimile edition of a 200-year-old book can be photocopied,
but a translation of a book from another language (e.g., the memoirs
of one of Napoleon's soldiers), or an old book with new footnotes, or
an old book that's been reset into an easy-to-read modern typeface is
still protected by copyright despite the death of the author more than
a century before.
Spike Y Jones