Curated by: Luigi Canali De Rossi

Monday, April 12, 2004

How To Find Out Whether A Book Can Be Republished Online

How Can You Tell Whether a Book Can Go Online? In order for a book to go online, either the copyright holder (usually the author) has to give permission, or the book needs to be in the public domain (i.e. copyright on the material has expired), or there must be a special legal exemption allowing whoever puts the book online to do so without permission of the copyright holder. (This last case is quite rare; in the US, it may apply to libraries and archives with respect to some out-of-print books from 1923 through 1928.) Most free online books are from public-domain texts, but there are also many books online with the permission of the copyright holder." Here is a complete FAQ to help you find out everything you need to know if you want to republish a book online, including how to find out if the book is in the public domain and how to get permission from the copyright holder.



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posted by Robin Good on Monday, April 12 2004, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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