If the pre-1/1/1978 issues were not registered for copyright, they are in
the public domain. The law is pretty clear on that.

Post-1977 issues are "orphan works," I guess. It is possible too, that
authors of the articles in the post-1977 issues may claim rights. It's
doubtful that Lenny had a written contract with any of them.

Personally, if they're worth publishing, I think they ought to be a website,
not a CD-ROM. Completion of the scanning and publication of the index and/or
scans would qualify for support of an ARSC Research Grant, no?


On Sun, Aug 8, 2010 at 12:21 PM, Malcolm Rockwell <[log in to unmask]>wrote:

> Oh, I already have issues 1 thru 60 digitized as gif files. Did it years
> ago when Ty Settlemier and I decided we wanted to issue the entire run on a
> CD. We were going to charge $30 a pop for them. Then we ran up against
> copyright problems. No one seems to know who the copyrights belong to.
> Lenny's having or having not copywritten any of them with the fed makes no
> difference. The act of printing and issuing them is an inherent act of
> copyright and it will depend to any living relative, of which none can be
> found. This doesn't mean they're not out there, though.
> The scans are done in two parts, one for the copy and another for the
> photos, both as gif files. There were no grants involved.
> If someone wants to finish the scans for issues 61 - 74 I'll throw in my 60
> cents worth plus the index as well, which has already been published by Ty
> and I. I have a graphics person here that can print as many CDs, with label
> graphics, on demand as needed - no need to go to a commercial pressing
> facility at all.
> If anyone is serious about publishing and taking on these responsibilities
> then contact me and we can talk about it.
> Malcolm
> *******
> On 8/7/2010 7:18 PM, Michael Biel wrote:
>>  On 8/7/2010 10:52 PM, Steven C. Barr wrote:
>>> What is BADLY needed is the creation of a web site offering ALL RR's in
>>> .pdf (or other text formats?!) form!!
>> Exactly what I had said.  People have been bringing this up for years.
>>  But this is something I can not do.  If we could get a library or archive
>> interested  -- perhaps it might even be a good project for an ARSC grant --
>> especially if it is the NYC area I can contact the person I know with the
>> collection and he probably will agree to loan it.  If it makes any
>> difference, it does not look like Lenny copyrighted any of these.  I don't
>> even think he trademarked the name or logo, because he couldn't do anything
>> when Jerry Osborne started using the name for his Billboard chart
>> publications.
>> Mike Biel  [log in to unmask]