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#1  AlexBell 01-15-2019, 08:01 PM
I have just started work on Hoffmann's Strange Stories, having taken the text from the Internet Archive. The book was published by Burnham Brothers of Boston in 1855, but the translator is not named.

Would this book be accepted as being in the Public Domain, and eligible to be added to the MR library?
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#2  GrannyGrump 01-16-2019, 02:32 AM
I would think anyone who was actively translating in 1855 would likely no longer be around by 1948. Even if he was only 5 years old in 1855. But what will HarryT have to say?
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#3  pdurrant 01-16-2019, 03:20 AM
Quote AlexBell
I have just started work on Hoffmann's Strange Stories, having taken the text from the Internet Archive. The book was published by Burnham Brothers of Boston in 1855, but the translator is not named.

Would this book be accepted as being in the Public Domain, and eligible to be added to the MR library?
I think the minimum age of the translator we could take as 15. So in 1948 they would be 108.

I think we can assume the translator died in or before 1948, and so the work is in the public domain in life+70 countries.

I'll double-check with the other moderators.
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#4  pdurrant 01-16-2019, 01:08 PM
Yes, this book would be fine for our library. It would be nice to find the translator's name just for completeness.
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#5  Doitsu 01-16-2019, 04:59 PM
Quote pdurrant
Yes, this book would be fine for our library. It would be nice to find the translator's name just for completeness.
It looks like the translator was Lafayette Burnham (1824-1862).
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#6  AlexBell 01-16-2019, 05:46 PM
Quote Doitsu
It looks like the translator was Lafayette Burnham (1824-1862).
Thank you so much for the name, the dates, the article, and the site.
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#7  pdurrant 01-17-2019, 03:58 AM
I can confirm that the work of that translator is in the public domain in life+70 countries.
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#8  Jellby 01-19-2019, 02:42 AM
I'd refer back to the previous thread.
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#9  pdurrant 01-19-2019, 02:51 AM
Thanks, Jellby.
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#10  heyman 04-24-2019, 12:31 AM
I think there's still risk
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