95-Year Copyright Law Extension

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Bill Anderson | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jan 2 2019 9:01 AM

Here's a New York Times article that discusses that beginning yesterday and every January 1 going forward, we'll see books that were previously copyright protected for 95 years enter the public domain. Books published in 1923 have run their course. For Bible aficionados like us, this means that, for example, J. Gresham Machen's New Testament Greek for Beginners is in the public domain. Maybe now that the cost of producing this work is lower, Logos will add it. Do you know of other books published in 1923 that would be good candidates?

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Mike Pettit | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 2 2019 9:17 AM

A problem here is that copyright protection varies by territory, and without extensive research the actual legal status of individual works can be hard to establish and can sometimes be in doubt. 

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 2 2019 9:47 AM

But maybe at least our American friends could benefit from more "US only" products...

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Tom Reynolds | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 2 2019 9:55 AM

I think Logos has always worked with US copyright limits but they are generally the highest in the English speaking world. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries%27_copyright_lengths

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 2 2019 9:55 AM

Copied from the above NYTimes article:

"Some studies show that extending copyright can actually have a negative impact on the sales and availability of books. A few years ago, Paul J. Heald, a law professor at the University of Illinois, used software that randomly sampled books available on Amazon, and discovered that there were more new editions of books published in the 1910s than from titles published in the 2000s. Publishers often stop printing books that aren’t selling, but still retain the copyright, so no one else can release new editions. Once the books enter the public domain, a wider variety of new editions become available again, filling in a hole in the public and cultural record."

Goodness, if that was ever true, it is at the Faithlife publishing house. It's their bread and butter!


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Tom Reynolds | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 2 2019 10:10 AM

I'm sure a search of archive.org would turn up a lot of 1923 books but here are a few that Logosians would probably be interested in

Budge, EA Wallis, tr. The Egyptian Book of the Dead. 1923
Carroll, JM. A History of Texas Baptists. 2 vols. 1923
Chesterton, GK. St Francis of Assisi. 1923
Davis, William H. Beginner's Grammar of the Greek New Testament. 1923
Deissmann, Adolf. The Religion of Jesus and the Faith of Paul. 1923
Eiselen, Frederick Carl. The Christian View of the Old Testament. 1923
Hippocrates Loeb Hippocrates~vol 1 Ancient Medicine~tr, WHS Jones. 1923
Hippocrates Loeb Hippocrates~vol 2 Ancient Medicine~tr, WHS Jones. 1923
Machen, J Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism. 1923
McNeile, Alan Hugh. New Testament Teaching in the Light of St Paul's. 1923
Otto, Rudolf. The Idea of the Holy. 1923
Simon, John Smith. John Wesley and the Methodist Societies. 1923
Thucydides~Loeb Thucydides. vol 4 History of the Peloponnesian War Books 7-8. tr, Charles F Smith. 1923

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Michael S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 4 2019 1:53 PM

This is a great idea for Logos to pursue.  Hopefully at a fair price.

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Tom Reynolds | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 4 2019 2:22 PM

Here's a concise article on where to locate the newly released 1923 works. https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/qvq99b/how-to-download-the-books-that-just-entered-the-public-domain

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Bill Anderson | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 4 2019 3:04 PM

Tom, thank you for your posts! They are very informative.

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Tom Reynolds | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 4 2019 8:52 PM

Bill Anderson:

Tom, thank you for your posts! They are very informative.

You're welcome. Always glad to help others find more reading material :D

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 5 2019 8:47 AM

Berdyaev, Nikolai. Dostoevsky.

Garrigou-Lagrange, Réginald. Christian Perfection and Contemplation according to St Thomas Aquinas and St John of the Cross

Montessori, Maria. The Child in the Family.

Shaw, George Bernard. Saint Joan.

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 5 2019 9:38 AM

I'd argue:

Deissmann, Adolf. The Religion of Jesus and the Faith of Paul. 1923 

But probably Logos should wait 4 more years for 'Light from the Ancient East', and then double the Deissmann Collection.


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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 5 2019 10:17 AM

Denise:

I'd argue:

Deissmann, Adolf. The Religion of Jesus and the Faith of Paul. 1923 

But probably Logos should wait 4 more years for 'Light from the Ancient East', and then double the Deissmann Collection.

Why wait? https://www.logos.com/products/search?q=author%3adeissmann 

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Denise | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 5 2019 10:57 AM

NB.Mick:

Denise:

I'd argue:

Deissmann, Adolf. The Religion of Jesus and the Faith of Paul. 1923 

But probably Logos should wait 4 more years for 'Light from the Ancient East', and then double the Deissmann Collection.

Why wait? https://www.logos.com/products/search?q=author%3adeissmann 

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Thaddeus Billman | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 7 2019 9:01 PM

Actually, it's not well know but the vast majority of works published before 1964 are already in the public domain in the United States.  Before that the rule was copyright had to be renewed after 28 years, which was rarely done.

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