Answered By: Laura Sider
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2017     Views: 31

Q: If the original publisher is out of business, who owns the copyright?
Answered by: Laura Sider

It depends.  Who originally owned the copyright?  Was it the publisher or the author(s)?  If a book, likely copyright is still held by the author.  If it is the publisher, whoever acquired the assets from the defunct publisher will probably own the rights.  Intellectual property is an asset.  You may have to dig to find out who was involved in that transfer or the lawyer that administered the publisher closure.

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