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    Copyright and the preservation of Australian Chess Literature

    I imagine Ian Murray is, right now, busy scanning his Queensland Chess Magazine thereby preserving his work,
    chess history, chess characters and games etc for any interested person to enjoy online.

    For someone holding a copyright and wanting to preserve the work, there are, as far as I can see, two choices.

    1. The copyright holder can donate hard copies of their work to a library. The work will not be available online.

    2. The copyright holder can undertake the arduous task of scanning perhaps years of work.

    If the copyright holder is deceased then the following, don't quote me, situation may apply.

    1. The author's work has an automatic 70 year copyright protection from the time of death.
    2. Copyright is like property and can be bequeathed in a will.
    3. The will does not have to explicitly state each item of property. "All of my estate I bequeath to..."
    4. There is no government or otherwise registration list that can be consulted to find out who holds the copyright.
    5. The Department of Communications and the Arts overseas copyright.
    6. Copyright can be transferred but it must be in writing and signed by the copyright owner or their agent.
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    "As a result of the Administrative Arrangement Order introduced on 5 December 2019, the functions that were previously the responsibility of the Department of Communications and the Arts
    have been transferred to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications as of 1 February 2020."

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    The Safe Harbour Scheme

    Perhaps it is possible for the ACF or State Chess Associations to overcome the difficulties associated with copyright by using the Safe Harbour Scheme.

    "Safe harbour provisions will be extended to include the disability, education, library, archive and cultural sectors through the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017.

    The new measures will protect these sectors from legal liability where they can demonstrate they have taken reasonable steps to reduce copyright infringement on their online platforms. The measures will also make it easier for copyright owners to work with these sectors to prevent copyright infringement by their users."


    https://www.communications.gov.au/de...harbour-scheme
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    I have emailed the Federal Government department in charge of copyright, asking if it would be possible, under the existing copyright laws, to establish an archive of C J S Purdy's magazines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop View Post
    I have emailed the Federal Government department in charge of copyright, asking if it would be possible, under the existing copyright laws, to establish an archive of C J S Purdy's magazines.
    I seriously doubt that is possible given that the recently deceased Bob Long was the authorised publisher of the collected works of C.J.S. Purdy. Any other rights would no doubt reside with Purdy’s descendants.
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    The Copyright Agency

    Some while ago, I wrote to the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications regarding establishing an online archive of chess magazines.

    Although they understandably could not provide me with any specific legal advice, they did say that to ascertain the copyright owner of the publications, you may wish to contact Copyright Agency,
    which are the statutory collecting society for much of the literary arts sector including authors, publishers and surveyors. Copyright Agency collects and distributes royalty payments to its members,
    and also arranges commercial licences. Contact details are:


    Website: www.copyright.com.au
    Toll-free phone number (landlines only): 1800 066 844
    Phone: +612 9394 7600
    Fax: +612 9394 7601
    Address: Level 12, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney, 2000

    I have not sort legal advice on this matter and have not yet contacted the Copyright Agency.

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    I did attempt to contact by ordinary mail (stamps cost $1.10 now) a relative of C J S Purdy to find out about copyright of his chess magazines.
    As I received no reply, either I had the wrong person or I was seen as intruding in a family matter.

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    Purdy's Magazines

    Finger poised over the scan button, only another thirty years to wait. I think I will make myself a cup of tea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop View Post
    Finger poised over the scan button, only another thirty years to wait. I think I will make myself a cup of tea.
    Did not Bill Gletsos suggest that the copyright was probably held by Bob Long (recently deceased). I agree.
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    He may not have had any rights over the magazines. I really don't know what the situation is. Its seems to me that the best bet for
    preserving Australian chess history would be through those magazines and newsletters produced by arrangement with a Chess Association and authored or edited by the living
    such as your good self. Copyright may perhaps not be a problem in that case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackbishop View Post
    He may not have had any rights over the magazines. I really don't know what the situation is. Its seems to me that the best bet for
    preserving Australian chess history would be through those magazines and newsletters produced by arrangement with a Chess Association and authored or edited by the living
    such as your good self. Copyright may perhaps not be a problem in that case.
    I think the major concern should be whether or not chess publications in electronic form will be preserved into the future ..... will there be copies in the Anderson Collection for example? Publications like the ACF Newsletter and 50 Moves Magazine need to be preserved. As for chess history ..... I have most Australian publications from the time I was collecting and involved in chess and I plan to pass them on to the State Library in due course. I’ve already given them about 20 boxes of my foreign language material. A bigger question is does anyone still read books/magazines these days?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jammo View Post
    I think the major concern should be whether or not chess publications in electronic form will be preserved into the future ..... will there be copies in the Anderson Collection for example? Publications like the ACF Newsletter and 50 Moves Magazine need to be preserved. As for chess history ..... I have most Australian publications from the time I was collecting and involved in chess and I plan to pass them on to the State Library in due course. I’ve already given them about 20 boxes of my foreign language material.
    The Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive preserves copies of websites - the ACF Newsletter Archive is here (and it's also still on the ACF website, of course).

    Quote Originally Posted by jammo View Post
    A bigger question is does anyone still read books/magazines these days?
    If you go to your local newsagent, you'll see plenty of magazines on all sorts of subjects - except chess, unfortunately

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    Jammo have raised some important questions. Hopefully others will express an opinion and share the information they have.

    It would be interesting to hear from Ian Murray who has started work on scanning Queensland Chess. Bob Meadley is a chess
    historian and would know his way around all the available archives.

    Some input from the Chess Associations and Chess clubs, such as that from Patrick Byrom, would be good.

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    Recently Mrs Felicity Purdy contacted me by phone. We had a good talk about the preservation of C J S Purdy’s work. She made the point that C J S was the editor of
    the magazines and that others, as well as Purdy, contributed articles to his magazines. Mrs Purdy is recovering well from a serious operation.

    Thinkers Press has been doing a good job in keeping C J S Purdy’s works available to the public and promoting Purdy as one of the best chess teachers.
    They had been re publishing earlier books under new titles in a modern format. While they may not specifically have copy or publishing rights over Purdy’s magazines,
    the books partly consist of the educational articles that once appeared in the magazines. They may take a dim view of people scanning these magazines and providing
    free access to them on the net. So I think that Jammo and Bill Gletsos are right; there are copyright problems in scanning Purdy’s magazines.

    The Chess Associations consist of people who are already doing their bit in organizing chess for the rest of us so we can hardly expect them to take on a lot of additional
    work ferreting out past association newsletters and magazines, scanning them and adding them to their archives. Maybe there are a few individuals who will contribute.
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