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Customer: I am looking into the possibility of purchasing the copy-write to an out of print book, the author has passed away
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Intellectual Property Law
Expert:  Alex Reese replied 1 year ago.

Hello what is your question?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
A book that is out of print has the copy write attributed to the author who has now passed. Is it possible to purchase a copy write or how can you find out who holds it after the author has passed and it is out of print?
Expert:  Alex Reese replied 1 year ago.

copyrights generally last for the life of the author + 70years. Being out of print does not affect the copyright. Usually if the author is deceased the copyright would pass to their estate or family members, so you will have to do a bit of research and contact their estate/family to see who exactly has the copyright and go from there. you could also contact the previous publisher to see if they know who currently owns the copyright.