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First, I am not so sure the Twain papers were published - and hence copyrighted until 2047. One would have to check and see if the microfilm edition was ever created and released to the public. But you are right that it would still not apply to any incoming correspondence (if that had been filmed) since it would have been published without authorization.

The posts from 1998 are interesting. I think my angle is a little more from using the materials as a scholar (although I am in line with what 'Peter is saying and the discussion of the past posts.) Ok, here it is.

So, the Twain papers are under c. But they could not further copyright the incoming correspondence. (I just received a email confirmation on this.) This means that scholars ca freely use that part of the correspondence -- just aother way of looking at alternatives, esp. if one is concerned with permissions, etc. Also might make for interesting schlarship. I think I am trying to explore legal strategies that better utiliize archival collections yo the scholar's benefit. This is just one example. So, one could still discuss a key detail, but then quote something from one of these letters instead.

Any more other interesting posts on the subject from the past? Would love to see them!

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