Re: Book Sequels
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Posted by M. Arthur Auslander on September 09, 2000 at 04:02:16:
In Reply to: Book Sequels posted by CJH on September 08, 2000 at 20:21:36:
: Recently I saw a book called the Second Mrs DeWinter, written long after the death of the author, as a sequel to Rebecca. And of course the Gone with the Wind sequel is a famous example of this. How long can books be protected. Perhaps, in the first example the copyright owner permitted the copyright to lapse or gave permission. In the Gone with the Wind case, I am sure the copyright owner will keep it as long as possible. What is the longest possible time a copyright can be held? GWTW was published in 1936. How about a book published today? (I am not interested in writing a sequel. I was hoping somebody else would be able to though).
My quick recollelction is that old copyrights are now good for 95 years, a recent change and new copyrights for life plus 70.
M. Arthur Auslander
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