Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Wants to Publish Letters from Sci Fi Writer
invading their privacy. As for the letters, they are considered literary works and the writer retains copyright unless the letters were published before 1923, or published before 1964 but not renewed (in which case they are in the public domain). Sending a letter to someone else transfers ownership of the physical letter, not the copyright. The science fiction writer's estate (or whoever acquired the writer's copyrights) can prevent duplication or further publication. You may be permitted to reproduce portions of the letters under fair use principles ... here are summaries of some cases.