A young adult novel published 50 years ago made a HUGE impression on me. I strongly believe it has great validity today, and so could use numerous updates to make it more current for teens. What do I need to know regarding copyrights, if I were to re-write it to make it current? I would only change certain details, i.e., instead of pen pals, the main character would interact on FaceBook. Please help me out here - thanks!
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How do I check to see if the book is in Public Domain?
Start by checking out the http://www.gutenberg.org/, when was the first copyright taken out, there is usually a 26 year window I believe, but also check out http://copyright.columbia.edu/copyright/2010/08/10...
Thanks - I'll do that!
Here is a link about copyright laws and their duration, the law changed in 1978, so it depends when the book was written.