by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Electronic Media

§ 9.05.06
Key point § 9-05.06. Publishers cannot place the contents of magazines and other periodicals in online electronic databases and on CD-ROMs without obtaining the permission of writers whose articles were included in those periodicals.

Many religious organizations have published periodicals for many years, and would like to reprint those periodicals on a website or on a CD-ROM. If they required the authors of each article ever published in their periodical to assign all rights (including copyright) to the publisher, then there is no need to obtain consent. However, in most cases there is no such history. Either no agreements were ever used, or they were used for only some years, or they did not clearly assign copyright to the publisher. In any of these cases, the authors retain copyright in their articles. But, according to section 201(c) of the Copyright Act, the publisher has the right ...

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