Copyright & aged stories
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Posted by Tony Curtis on August 10, 2001 at 16:16:08:
Circa 1956 I read a short story published in a UK SF magazine which stuck with me all these years. I wrote a script based on my memory of the work together with a sequel. Subsequently learning about copyright I have been seeking title/author info on many SF sites with the view of negotiating permission to market. I have not found either author or title yet and the theme seems to have been lost in the past. My copyright research leads me to the belief that works published prior to 1963 the copyright lasted 28 years. So my 1956 read story would be out of copyright circa 1984 unless a renewal was filed. If this renewal wasn’t filed the story would now be in the public domain. Is this correct?
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