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Copyright Renewed by a dead Author

Discussion in 'Copyright, Trademark, Patent Law' started by n8r_, Apr 10, 2002.

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  1. n8r_

    n8r_ Law Topic Starter New Member

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    We are trying to obtain the rights to a book that appears to have been re-registered in 1985, 28 years after it's initial copyrighting. The issue is the name it is registered under was deceased for 3 years at the time.

    We have been in contact with the son of the original author/registrant and he has no idea who renewed it. Who would normally have the rights to this copyright? Can anyone shed some light on the subject to someone pretty new to this whole field.

    Thanks
    Nate
     
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    The owner of the copyright can renew the copyright. This is not necessarily the author, such as where the author has signed away the copyright to the publisher. If there is a copyright, you should be able to locate the owner through the USPTO, the Patent and Trademark Office, which also has information about copyrights. http://www.uspto.gov/
     

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