Comments for Molly Greene: Writer http://www.molly-greene.com Blogger & Author, Gen Delacourt Mysteries Sat, 27 Jun 2015 07:28:28 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Estate Planning Basics for the Self-Published Writer by Suzanne Joshi http://www.molly-greene.com/estate-planning-basics-for-the-self-published-writer/#comment-84897 Sat, 27 Jun 2015 07:28:28 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9165#comment-84897 Thanks, Kathryn, for this great information.

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Comment on Estate Planning Basics for the Self-Published Writer by Art/1978 http://www.molly-greene.com/estate-planning-basics-for-the-self-published-writer/#comment-84876 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:14:01 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9165#comment-84876 Kathryn, thank you for your clarification.

Though all these old works created or published before 1850 should be in the PD (IMO), allow me to throw a wrench in to this discussion:

Suppose I recently discover an un-published book written by Ben Franklin (Franklin died in 1790). Would only the Ben Franklin estate be permitted to register this book and enjoy a 95-year term of copyright protection? As I understand, I would only be able to retain the physical ownership of this book and not the copyright since I’m not an heir to Ben Franklin; is that correct?

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Comment on Estate Planning Basics for the Self-Published Writer by Kathryn Goldman http://www.molly-greene.com/estate-planning-basics-for-the-self-published-writer/#comment-84842 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:44:23 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9165#comment-84842 Art,

It’s a great question. The simple answer is that the law changed. Life plus 70 years or 120 years from publication is the law now. When Emily Dickinson’s poems were published, some as late as 1955, the law was different.

If you use the chart in the link you posted, some of her work falls into the category of having been published between 1923 through 1963, with notice and the copyright was renewed, so the copyright stands for 95 years after publication. In the case of the poems published in 1955, the copyright holds until 2050.

Cornell is a great resource for copyright issues. Publication date can be a tricky concept.

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Comment on Estate Planning Basics for the Self-Published Writer by Art/1978 http://www.molly-greene.com/estate-planning-basics-for-the-self-published-writer/#comment-84838 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 01:03:09 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9165#comment-84838 Kathryn, could you kindly explain the following:

“Her work was kept in boxes in her room and wasn’t published until well after her death. Some of her work is still under copyright protection today because of when it was ultimately published.”

Emily Dickinson died in 1886. Why wouldn’t her un-published poems be in the Public Domain? Life plus 70 years, or to be generous, 120 years after creation?

Source: http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm (“Never Published, Never Registered Works”); this link seems to suggest the works are in the PD.

Did her estate prepare derivatives from some of her un-published works and, thus, are claiming copyrights from the date of publication?

Where am I wrong?

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Comment on Estate Planning Basics for the Self-Published Writer by Molly Greene http://www.molly-greene.com/estate-planning-basics-for-the-self-published-writer/#comment-84829 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:41:01 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9165#comment-84829 Kathryn’s article got me thinking, that’s for sure. I emailed a (much younger) friend who I think could handle the learning curve – my family couldn’t – and asked if she’d be interested in inheriting my books after my demise. She said she’d be thrilled to manage them and donate the income to literacy. Is that fabulous, or what?? Now to do the groundwork.

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Comment on Estate Planning Basics for the Self-Published Writer by Kathryn Goldman http://www.molly-greene.com/estate-planning-basics-for-the-self-published-writer/#comment-84826 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 15:11:36 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9165#comment-84826 Just think about Emily Dickinson. Her work was kept in boxes in her room and wasn’t published until well after her death. Some of her work is still under copyright protection today because of when it was ultimately published.

So you’re right, Belinda . . . you just never know.

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Comment on Estate Planning Basics for the Self-Published Writer by Belinda Pollard http://www.molly-greene.com/estate-planning-basics-for-the-self-published-writer/#comment-84823 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:06:25 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=9165#comment-84823 A prickly topic, Molly & Kathryn. But I’ve definitely worried about how my heirs would access all my passwords etc. You never know, it might all be worth something one day… 😉

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Comment on My Dec 2014 – Feb 2015 Book Royalties by DL Lewis http://www.molly-greene.com/dec-feb-book-royalties/#comment-84811 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:31:04 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=8815#comment-84811 Sorry, Dena Jo. I thought your comment came from Molly and by the time I realized it came from you, it was too late to edit my reply.

I shall save your comment on my desktop and keep it for inspiration. Thanks again!

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Comment on My Dec 2014 – Feb 2015 Book Royalties by DL Lewis http://www.molly-greene.com/dec-feb-book-royalties/#comment-84810 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:27:04 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=8815#comment-84810 Thank you, Molly! I shall keep plugging away.

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Comment on My Dec 2014 – Feb 2015 Book Royalties by Dena Jo http://www.molly-greene.com/dec-feb-book-royalties/#comment-84794 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 05:39:10 +0000 http://www.molly-greene.com/?p=8815#comment-84794 DL, please don’t despair and don’t give up on Bookbub. I don’t think there’s any rhyme or reason for how they decide to accept a book for promotion. I study those Bookbub emails carefully. In my May 11, 2015 mailing, they promoted a book called Behind the Mask, an erotic romance, and the book had only three customer reviews on Amazon. On September 14, 2014, Bookbub promoted a book called Miss You Most of All that had only 16 reviews. I remember those because I printed out and saved those pages from my Bookbub email. Just keep plugging away.

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