Oh no, how embarassing !!!

Nat Case hedberg at vermontel.net
Mon Mar 27 12:12:48 EST 2000


This is one of those places where the law and practical reality don't
exactly jibe. What publishers don't want is the professor printing off 20
copies as a reprint and they don't get a dime. As Sally suggested (I think),
publishers like to be written to. The challenge, especially in the last
couple decades, is figuring out exactly who the publisher is. A lot of
smaller (and larger) publishers from 30-40 years ago were gobbled up by
bigger fish, who went bankrupt and sold SOME rights to other big publishers,
while other rights went... who knows where? It makes the whole process of
finding permissions for anything (public readings, reproduction, etc) a real
pain in the tuchis.

But as has been expressed, it's like driving slightly over the speed limit
to make a copy of an out-of-print-but-still-in-copyright book for personal
use... technically illegal, but practically unenforced.


Nat Case
Hedberg Maps, Inc.
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