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Posted by Stephen L. Anderson on January 15, 2002 at 20:11:14:
In Reply to: Copyright. posted by Rob Lawrence on January 13, 2002 at 01:24:10:
Contrary to what the lazy pundits may say, if the letters are rare and have not been previously published, you may be able to obtain a copyright for a newly created book, manuscript or other technology transfer (e.g. scans) which amount a COMPILATION of the letters.
Copyright is a form of protection provided to authors of "original works of authorship", including literary, artistic, dramatic, musical, graphic arts and other creations.
Together, the choice of selecting certain letters or materials and organizing them in some special fashion, can also be protected under copyright.
WHile the individual letters themselves could, due to their age, already be in the public domain the COMPLILATION AND CATALOGUING OF LETTERS MAY ITSELF CONSTITUTE A "DERIVATIVE WORK" entitled to protection AND any NEW MATERIAL you may add to the letters, (e.g., a COMPILATION OF PHOTOGRAPHS, GENEOLOGY TABLES, or HISTORICAL REFERENCE) can also be used to enhance any copyright protection for such letters.
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