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[teacherartexchange] Stanford's Copyright Renewal Database

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From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Apr 12 2007 - 09:40:00 PDT


Dear Art Educators,

This relatively new database may be of interest to altered book enthusiasts.
While all altered book lessons in school may fall under the Fair Use
umbrella, a practicing artist may have copyright issues to consider.
Some galleries may not exhibit altered books because of copyright
restrictions (An altered book IS a "derived" work).

David Dillard posted this site to Ed Tech list.
Stanford's Copyright Renewal Database
http://collections.stanford.edu/copyrightrenewals/bin/page?forward=home

"This database makes searchable the copyright renewal records received
by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1993 for books published
in the US between 1923 and 1963. Note that the database includes ONLY
US Class A (book) renewals.

"The period from 1923-1963 is of special interest for US copyrights,
as works published after January 1, 1964 had their copyrights
automatically renewed by the 1976 Copyright Act, and works published
before 1923 have generally fallen into the public domain."
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Judy Decker

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