Author talk:Charles Hoy Fort

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Fort's Work[edit]

According to the researcher's personal correspondence with the website owner, "...way back in 1973, I conducted my own search of the U.S. Copyright Office records. I discovered that the original copyrights on Fort's books lapsed at the end of their original 28-year period, as the copyrights were not renewed. Both Fort and his widow had died, and apparently, no one bothered to renew the copyrights or knew their value, (these would have been distributed in the estate of Fort's widow). I also discovered, many years later, that Fort directed that his notes and papers were to be made available to Fortean researchers. Simply put, all of Fort's work is in the Public Domain."

On this basis is Fort's material available to all. --Chr.K. 12:00, 12 March 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

While only one of Fort's books show up in the Stanford Renewals, a renewal on the 1941 edition of "The books of Charles Fort" for the new index and introduction only, note that material published after 1963 didn't need a renewal, and that "his notes and papers were to be made available to Fortean researchers" does not mean public domain; depending on who has the papers, it may not even mean you can get access without a note from a professor of a major university. The five books listed now on the author page are almost certainly good, but measure twice, cut once.--Prosfilaes (talk) 01:20, 27 January 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]