Post-1923 printings of work originally published before 1923

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  • Greetings -- Have tried to root around existing threads but haven't found an answer to this. I'm wondering whether a work originally published in the United States before 1923 -- and therefore in the public domain -- would remain so if it underwent post-1923 re-printings. I don't have the book in question in hand, but was wondering if anyone could respond generally. Would be very grateful for any guidance. Thanks so much.

  • The work published prior to 1923 would be in the public domain even if reprinted after 1923 (assuming the "reprint" is a facsimile of the original pre-1923 work and not a revised edition or derivative work).

    If a pre-1923 published work was republished as a revised edition with new original material added after 1922, the new edition could be protected by copyright, even if the first edition is now in the public domain. [Note: not all materials published after 1922 are protected by copyright - see the Public Domain chart for guidance: ]

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