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Title:Copyright renewal of U.S. books published in 1932: Re-analyzing Ringer's study to determine a more accurate renewal rate for books
Author(s):Carlstone, Jamie; Stein, Ayla; Norman, Michael A.; Wilkin, John Price
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Abstract:In 1961, Barbara Ringer published “Study No. 31: Renewal of Copyright,” where she determined the renewal rate for fiscal year 1932 U.S. publications. In that study, she concludes that the renewal rate for Class A works for FY1932 was 7 percent. This paper seeks to reassess Ringer’s study by analyzing the copyright registrations for 1932 and their renewals published in the Catalogue of Copyright Entries. This was done to determine a renewal rate specifically for books rather than Class A as a whole, which includes other materials. The analysis determines that the copyright renewal rate for books is actually 26 to 33 percent, significantly higher than 7 percent claimed by Ringer.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:Association of College and Research Libraries
Citation Info:Carlstone, J., Stein, A., Norman, M., & Wilkin, J. (2018). Copyright Renewal of U.S. Books Published in 1932: Re-analyzing Ringer's Study to Determine a More Accurate Renewal Rate for Books. College & Research Libraries, 79(5), 697. doi:
Rights Information:Copyright 2017 held by Jamie Carlstone, Ayla Stein, Michael A. Norman, and John P. Wilkin. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-08-17

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