Travis, myself and Marty Nee have been chatting about the 15 Liberia booklets that Philip Cockrill produced in the late 1970's and early 1980's
These are a useful - and sometimes - unique resource for collectors.
However, there were produced in very limited numbers (I think 200 copies only for some of them) and are becoming increasingly difficult - and expensive - to get hold of (even with Henry Chlanda's recent very generation donations).
Some of us will already have our own personal copies. However, future collectors will almost certainly have difficulty.
The booklets are now out of print as far as we're aware and therefore the legal copyright reverts to the author (Cockrill) and since his death in 2003 to his heirs
The 3 of us have chatted about the options available to LPS and - ideally - we'd like to have digital copies available through LPS as a resource for the future. However, we can't do this legally without permission from the current copyright owner (whoever that is) but we'd appreciate other views - i.e yours!.
The options appear to be (in increasing difficulty and effort):
a) LPS does nothing and individuals do what they can to obtain copies for themselves
b) LPS waits the required 70 years after Cockrills death when legal copyright lapses. However, this takes us up to the year 2074!
c) LPS obtains a physical copy of the 15 booklets and under the copyright principle of "fair use" LPS members can request a copy of selected pages. This would normally be up to 10% of a short book (up to 200 pages long)
This would require Travis/LPS to act as librarian and photocopier.
d) try to trace the copyright owner and request formal legal permission to digitise the booklets for LPS use
There's no guarantee that we could trace who this is
e) trace the copyright owner and with their permission update/revise the Cockrill booklets and make them available through LPS
This would need at least one volunteer to do the editing work
Thoughts and comments?