Answered By: Laura Sider Last Updated: Sep 12, 2017 Views: 7910
Look for the copyright notice, if there is one (generally there is in a published book). That gives the name of the copyright holder. Typically it is the author but may even be the publisher. If the copyright holder is deceased, it may be his/her heirs or estate. There are several resources online to search for copyright holders:
- The U.S. Copyright Office (both free and fee-based)
- WATCH File (Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders)
- The Online Books Page (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
- Copyright Clearance Center (fee-based)
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