634[aloha-donblanding] Re: Non-profit foundation
- Mar 17, 2000Bob --
That is some of the BEST Blanding news I've heard in a long time! I had
assumed that the copyrights had all lapsed, but I was not able to get
the proof. You have gratefully done that.
My understanding is, that if we do publish a book with our comments and
such -- For example, our own version of the "Best of Don Blanding", the
original material that we add in essay and commentary would be covered
by the new copyright, BUT all of the Blanding works would still be in
the public domain.
I have actually done that. I translated a group of Danish plays that
were published by Southern Illinois University Press. My book is
copyrighted, but that only entails my introductory essay on the author,
the essays introducing each play and my particular translation. Anyone
can still use the original Danish material - or make their own
translation without any legal problems and actually without my
permission. I was also part of a similar project with Fairleigh
Dickenson University Press when they published an entire series of plays
whose copyrights had expired. The plays are still public domain, but
our Original contributions are all copyrighted.
As several of you know, the process to copyright material is actually
quite simple. Last time I went through the process it was mostly a
matter of waiting. I think it took about ten months -- BUT the process
actually begins After the actual publication of the work, due to the
fact that you must submit copies of the published work to the Library of
Congress when you submit the copyright forms and check.
For the original designs -- that Could get into Trademark law -- with
which I have NO personal experience. But I imagine that the designs of
his shirts and dishes have also gone into public domain for the same
reasons that the poetry did. After DB's death there were no immediate
heirs who could benefit financially, so the entire issue of rights faded
with his memory.
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