Talk:Amazing Stories

Latest comment: 10 years ago by Xensyria in topic Copyright information

Copyright informationEdit

I have moved this out of the header in the main space as I think it is more suitable for the talk page:

Experimenter Publishing Company owned Amazing Stories in 1926 and Ziff-Davis Publishing owned it from 1938 to 1965. Based on searches of the copyright records, Ziff-Davis Publishing did not make it a practice to renew magazine copyrights. A copyright to the cover art is claimed by the estate of Frank R. Paul. More information can be found at thisweb site

On a personal note, I have tried to find renewals for Frank R. Paul and his artwork but I have been unsuccessful so far. I cannot prove it but I suspect that the claims of his estate are wrong. (Please don't take that as in any way official, it's just based on assorted web searches.) - AdamBMorgan (talk) 17:47, 5 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Note: I will, however, be adding scanned copies of these magazines, complete with cover images, at some point in the near to medium future. - AdamBMorgan (talk) 17:48, 5 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

On finding this I immediately wondered "how is this out of copyright", and have just got back from looking at the Wikipedia articles for Copyright and List of countries' copyright length, and I was about to search for Copyright renewal before I thought of this talk page. Maybe a note in main space would be nice. 81.131.5.145 08:36, 29 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Take a look at http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm. Someone with specific knowledge of the work can tell you what they have done, however, as I understand it from their searches those works that we have reproduced have not had their copyright renewed within the requisite time period. — billinghurst sDrewth 08:55, 29 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've only throughly checked the 1926 issues so far but it is indeed because the copyrights were not renewed and so expired 28 years after publication. I have also made some general searches for Amazing Stories-related renewals, none of which turned up much in the way of renewals either. It should also be pointed out that early issues relied heavily on H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, both of whom are now out of copyright due to age. - AdamBMorgan (talk) 10:19, 29 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Confirmed: they only started renewing copyright for 1954 and after, with six exception made by individual authors: Stanton A. Coblentz's The Blue Barbarians (1931), August Derleth's Island Out of Space (1950), Ward Moore's Swords of Peace (1950), Isaac Asimov's Satisfaction Guaranteed (1951), Henry Kuttner's Or Else (1952) and Robert A. Heinlein's Project Nightmare (1953). --xensyriaT 23:48, 8 February 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]