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Stanford Launches Copyright Renewal Database

Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources (SULAIR; has launched the Copyright Renewal Database (, which enables people to search copyright-renewal records for books published in the U.S. between 1923 and 1963. The database is designed to be a tool for anyone researching the copyright status of books.

The group of U.S. works published from 1923 to 1963 is the only one for which renewal is now a concern. According to SULAIR, this has become a pressing issue as libraries and businesses develop plans to digitize materials and make works in the public domain widely available. The Copyright Renewal Database brings all 1923–1963 book-renewal records together in a single database and, more significantly, makes searchable renewal records that had previously been distributed only in print.

SULAIR developed the Copyright Renewal Database, dubbed the Copyright Determinator, with a grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The effort built upon Project Gutenberg’s transcriptions of the Catalog of Copyright Entries, which was published by the U.S. Copyright Office. (Project Gutenberg at produces free electronic books.)

Source: Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources

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