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Yes - that's absolutely true

dormouse
Valinor

Nov 17 2010, 12:53pm


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Yes - that's absolutely true [In reply to] Can't Post

... and applies to all letters. Physical possession belongs to the recipient - unless the letter is returned or sold, but copyright belongs to the writer or his/her heirs and successors and the copyright in unpublished letters is perpetual (though of course in practice when the letter is hundreds of years old it may no longer be possible to work out who the heirs and successors are).

In this case, though, it isn't remote and the 'other family members' involved are Edith Tolkien (according to pre-publication publicity about the book) and presumably the children (hers and JRRTs), some of whom are still living. They are the Tolkien Estate, aren't they? I can imagine that with such a distinctive name as their is they would feel the need for privacy more acutely than those of us whose names don't attract a lot of press attention. After all, their family life is something quite separate from JRRT's writing so it seems understandable to me that they don't want details of it published.


(This post was edited by dormouse on Nov 17 2010, 12:54pm)

Subject User Time
New Hilary Tolkien Book Cancelled News from Bree Send a private message to News from Bree Nov 8 2010, 4:43pm
    Anybody here know the back-story on this?// Elizabeth Send a private message to Elizabeth Nov 9 2010, 12:21am
        I don't.... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Nov 9 2010, 10:24am
            Quite tantalizing...! mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Nov 10 2010, 11:23am
        There is a hint squire Send a private message to squire Nov 10 2010, 12:29pm
            That's true... dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Nov 10 2010, 3:12pm
            Felt the same about that hint...// mae govannen Send a private message to mae govannen Nov 11 2010, 6:46am
    Statement of the Tolkien Estate Findegil Send a private message to Findegil Nov 16 2010, 2:39pm
        Thanks for that squire Send a private message to squire Nov 16 2010, 7:10pm
        Thanks, and welcome to TORN. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Nov 16 2010, 8:35pm
        Thank you dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Nov 16 2010, 11:11pm
        Thanks for that information. FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 17 2010, 10:23am
            Surprised?? Beren Send a private message to Beren Nov 17 2010, 10:40am
            Yes - that's absolutely true dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Nov 17 2010, 12:53pm
                That makes sense. FarFromHome Send a private message to FarFromHome Nov 17 2010, 4:19pm
                "The copyright in unpublished letters is perpetual" visualweasel Send a private message to visualweasel Nov 17 2010, 4:20pm
                    It's arguable... squire Send a private message to squire Nov 17 2010, 6:07pm
                        This is my guess as well visualweasel Send a private message to visualweasel Nov 17 2010, 6:50pm
                    No, it's not a guess dormouse Send a private message to dormouse Nov 17 2010, 6:50pm

 
 
 

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