Making a “reasonable” effort to locate copyright
  • Check copyright databases
  • Is the author still alive? (Try the Social Security Death Index as a first start)
  • Do any archives that hold his or her papers have information?
  • Did he or she publish books with a press that may have copyright information?
  • Can you locate family members (obituaries and genealogy websites)
  • Can you contact the author of any biographical study, or the editor of a documentary edition that includes the author’s writings?
  • Is there a organization or institution that might have information?
  • Post queries on discussion boards and websites to locate holders

Document your efforts.

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