evan at snarc.net
Tue Jan 30 20:53:47 CST 2007
It's all right here: http://www.macmillan.com/Permissions.asp but you have
to figure out (or leave it up to them to figure out) which Macmillan
division applies to the publication you're looking to republish. From my
experience, you should strongly emphasize that you're a hobbyist and/or
researcher, and that your intended use is strictly educational and
From: Richard A. Cini [mailto:rcini at optonline.net]
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 9:09 PM
To: 'General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts'
Subject: RE: Book publishers
I think what happens is that if the publisher ceases to exist the copyright
reverts to the author. My limited Googling didn't provide a clue one way or
the other if Hayden survived, but Bill Maddox came up with a link that shows
Hayden was acquired (at some point) by Macmillian Publishing:
What would be the right approach to Macmillian?
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From: cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org [mailto:cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org]
On Behalf Of Grant Stockly
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 8:41 PM
To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
Subject: Re: Book publishers
At 04:29 PM 1/30/2007, you wrote:
>> Does anyone know what happened to Hayden Books? I have a
>>robot book that described a robot built with a KIM-1 and I want to
>>scan it and post it to 6502.org. I did some Googling and I can't find
>>any current references for them. Any idea if the imprint was acquired
>>or did they just pass quietly.
>I wanted to do the same thing. I contacted the author of a book and he
>had no idea. Here is what he said.
>"Most of that company was sold in the mid 1980s and I don't know which
>company, if any, ended up with the copyrights to the books. It might
>reside with Penton Media (headquartered in Cleveland) since they
>acquired in 1989 most of properties that were first sold to VNU, a
>Dutch publishing company in 1986. I don't know if the Book division was
>part of those sales or if it was just disbanded or sold to yet another
>publishing company in
>If you ask any of those companies, they will assume they do own the
>rights and just say "NO".
>Here is what the US copyright office says:
>"How can I find out who owns a copyright?
>We can provide you with the information available in our records. A
>search of registrations, renewals, and recorded transfers of ownership
>made before 1978 requires a manual search of our files. Upon request,
>our staff will search our records at the statutory rate of $150 for
>each hour. There is no fee if you conduct a search in person at the
>Copyright registrations made and documents recorded from 1978 to date
>are available for searching online. For further information, see
>Circular 22, How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work, and
>Circular 23, Copyright Card Catalog and the Online File."
>My question would be...if the company that produced the book no longer
>exists and no one bothered to get the copyright renewed...then is the
>book public domain or at least owned by the author?
This is the book and the search records that came up at the copyright
The search turns up:
1. Registration Number: TX-450-663
Title: The S-100 bus handbook / Dave Bursky.
Imprint: Rochelle Park, N. J. : Hayden Book Co., c1980.
Description: 257 p.ISBN: ISBN 0-8104-0897-X.
Claimant: Hayden Book Company, Inc.
Special Codes: 1/B///A
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