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GoldenBard

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PostSubject: Republishing   Wed Oct 26, 2011 11:43 am

Something occurred to me the other night...

So, theoretically, even Action Comics will eventually fall into the public domain when the copyright runs out. But back in like the 80s, DC published their "Archive Editions," which reprinted the first appearances of Superman. This book was, of course, also copyrighted. Does that "reset the clock" so that the material in Action Comics #1 would not be PD until after the date when the 1980s book would be out of copyright?

If so, it explains why publishers are so quick to do reprints like these...
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PostSubject: Re: Republishing   Wed Oct 26, 2011 5:55 pm

NO, it definitely does NOT reset the clock. Otherwise, copyright would be perpetual, and that would be unconstitutional. I think this issue confuses a lot of people. Unfortunately, congress can extend the clock, but publishers can't reset it.....
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