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LEGAL DEPOSIT OF BOOKS
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: LEGAL DEPOSIT OF BOOKS
- From: Iris Nevins <IrisNevins@COMPUSERVE.COM>
- Date: Sat, 24 May 1997 09:34:28 -0400
- Message-Id: <199705241335.GAA22293@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Pippa and Malcolm from South Africa wrote about the South African
I have sent copies of each of my books into the Library of Congress along=
with my copyright application. Three of these were limited edition type
books, with painstakingly hand-marbled samples. I eventaully asked if it
would be OK to send a "cheaper" version....perhaps the book itself, eithe=
unbound, or with photocopied samples, or, if I had one a "second" and the=
said that would be fine, it was just for documentation.
That of course led to another dilemma.....if some day far in the future a=
aspiring marbler or book artist could get access to these books do you
really want to have your work remembered by your "seconds"?
I would ask the South African Library if they would accept a Photcopy of
any of your fine books, done up in a cheap library style binding instead =
the original. Or maybe try it once without asking and see what happens.
Marblers had a similar dilemma many years ago, when we were first trying =
get copyrights on our papers. The Library of Congress wanted 2 sheet for
each ONE we marbled, since all are slightly different and an "original". =
yes....plus $10.00 (it is now $20) for each one (which we generally sold
for $7.00!). This of couse, was impossible, and many designers realized
that so we had a lot of unauthorized reproduction going on. Finally I spo=
with a copyright attorney at The Library Of Congress who bent the rules a=
said we could simply send in two copies of a swatch book representing bas=
styles with one fee, and this could be stretched to cover any similar sty=
or color variations without having to send anything additional. They lat=
said we could even send a black and white photocopy of our styles instead=
of original swatches. I was later actually able to collect some damages o=
a Spanish marble that was not "exactly" represented in what I had sent in=
for copyright. Admittedly, it took over a year, but I did win it.
Well anyway.....to make a short story long.....perhaps the South African
Library can be reasoned with to bend the rules for people in your positio=
I found, though it took time, that all you need to do is find one
reasonable, sympathetic person in a beaurocracy to help you. Maybe they
will give you another option.