Some things you may consider when seeking permission to reprint:

  • Permission should be obtained in writing – perhaps even notarized of with a second family/estate signature. This can be difficult with people accustomed to corresponding by phone and email only, but sometimes sending a follow up sheet with SASE for “sign and return’ helps. Remember, protect those who reprint and  their decedents from whoever the Copyright holder may become, before it expires.
  • If the Copyright holder insists on having a document produced by a legal professional, know who will be paying for that service. If those seeking permission pay, that needs to be added to the total expense for reprint – thus all buyers share in the expense. Traditionally though, if you feel you need a costly service, you should pay for it. That said, never discourage legal work as this is a legal situation that impacts those beyond the currently living – better safe than sorry.

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Taken from
http://www.gregathcomany.com/publish/reprint.htm

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