Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Who Owns the Literary Copyright?

Today I learned of a database that may be useful when you need to obtain permission to use copyrighted literary material in a book or article. WATCH : Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders is a database of copyright contacts for writers, artists, and prominent figures in other creative fields.

It is run jointly by the Harry Ransom Center (UT-Austin) and University of Reading (UK) Library.

A search for the copyright holder for W.B. Yeats yields this result:

For information about vanished publishing concerns, literary agencies, and similar firms, please see the sister site, FOB (Firms out of Business). You must know the name of the firm.