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Re: Copyright-copywrite

Dear Bob,

I have never heard of any publisher's intentionally altering the
original text unless it was specifically edited and so stated.  If the
text is completely reset, there is, of course, a possibility for error.
There would be no point in changing something so you could catch
someone reprinting your reprint.   I've never heard of such a thing
happening, and I can't imagine why anyone would want to do such a thing
when they could get their own pd version to reprint.

In the area of promotional publishing, the whole point is perceived value,
so it is essential to keep the price low.  This is accomplished by keeping
editorial and production costs down and doing large print runs to get the
best prices for paper, print, and binding.  If you can borrow film along
with the license, obviosly, you aren't going to alter anything.  You'll
just add your "special material."  Publishers know that they cannot
protect public domain material; they just want to sell their particular
version.  In the case of acquiring rights from another publisher, the
other publisher still controls the copyright, and the reprint publisher
has the reprint rights for only a specific amount of time. I don't know if
this addresses your concerns precisely, but hope it helps some.  Best,

Sandra J. Still, Ph.D.                          PHONE: 404-727-1061
Antiquarian/Out-of-Print Specialist             FAX: 404-727-0053
Robert W. Woodruff Library, Emory University    EMAIL: libsjs@xxxxxxxxx
Atlanta, Georgia 30322

> I am interested to hear from someone who has actually had experience
> with these reprints from the "big" publishers.  I am of course aware
> that even big publishers can't put materials that are out of
> copyright back into copyright just by reprinting them; however, I
> have wondered if such publishers ever "sneak" additional material
> into the reprinted part (change a letter on page 10 or reduce part
> of a page slightly; or on the other hand, with a reset text,
> introduce minor changes, perhaps punctuation, etc., into the text) in
> order to keep others from re- reprinting and also to be able, later,
> if necessary, to prove that so-and-so reprinted from their own
> reprint. If the reprint publisher changed the page, even in a minor
> way, presumably if someone photographically (or otherwise) reproduced
> that page with that change he/she would be liable. Such changes need
> not be at all obvious. The question is, does this mildly deceptive
> practice exist? I have, because of this, thought it safer to get hold
> of an actual original copy of public domain material for reprints
> rather than reprint from a reprint (which, if unchanged, should
> theoretically be legal to copy). Further information from Sandra
> Still would be of interest.
> Bob Maxwell the Paranoid
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