Articles by John Iacovelli

Month: August 2019


Copyright and Tarot Books

I recently ran across an online note concerning the copyright status of works published in the USA between 1923 and 1964 (any work published before then is public domain; anything since copyright protected, assuming the original work carried a copyright notice). During that period it was the responsibility of the publisher or author to re-apply for extended copyright after the initial period. Most did not, and the article pointed to Stanford University‚Äôs search page which lists copyright renewals. At the same time I ran across an article in a tarot group regarding reproduction of tarot card designs. From there I went on to track down the status of a few key decks, and generally look for copyright extensions for tarot works during that period. It was a pleasant way to kill an hour, and the post contains a number of links you may find of interest…

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