[ExI] roboert bradbury's writings

spike at rainier66.com spike at rainier66.com
Mon Mar 18 18:57:30 UTC 2019

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Adrian Tymes
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Subject: Re: [ExI] roboert bradbury's writings

On Sun, Mar 17, 2019 at 4:06 PM <spike at rainier66.com> wrote:
> Does anyone here know the protocol about one's writings after one has 
> passed on?  Robert had some papers published online, but I don't know 
> what became of his archives.  His old domain was aevios.com but if you 
> look for that now, it comes up as a 404.
> In general, how are papers online treated if the author passes

>From a legal point of view,
https://www.teachingcopyright.org/handout/public-domain-faq.html says, "In
general, works published after 1977 will not fall into the public domain
until 70 years after the death of author, or, for corporate works, anonymous
works, or works for hire, 95 years from the date of publication or 120 years
from the date of creation, whichever expires first."

But that's assuming there's anyone who cares - heirs, usually, and almost
always only because they think they might get some money out of them; they
almost never care about the work itself ("moral rights", wishing to complete
an unfinished story, or whatever).  For works where nobody's expecting to
profit (which is likely the case here), treat them as if they were public
domain already.

Thanks Adrian, that's about how I pictured it.  Robert had no heirs, never
married, never had any children and his writings have zero commercial value
from what I can tell (otherwise I would be trying to earn a buttload on them
(hey, it's a dirty job but somebody has to do it.))

His musings on Matrioshka Brains are what I (and Damien Broderick) hope to
immortalize.  I didn't agree on all of it, particularly the thermodynamic
stuff, but Robert was a brilliant man.  If I may presume to speak for the
departed, that fine man would be delighted that someone was trying to pick
up the ball and carry it forward.


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