How did Jeff Busby get a copy of the notebooks in the first place??? And how did you get a copy of the notebooks??? Were these being circulated in the magic underworld?? At the time of their writing I'm pretty sure that a copyright claim would have had have been filed with the Library of Congress unlike now with the law granting copyright to the creator at the time of creation.Bob Farmer says: I have a copy of the complete Braue Notebooks from which Busby was extracting his series. The originals are typed pages --
A couple of things to keep in mind here: basic copyright law, and the act of publishing.Originally posted by -=tabman:
How did Jeff Busby get a copy of the notebooks in the first place??? And how did you get a copy of the notebooks??? Were these being circulated in the magic underworld?? At the time of their writing I'm pretty sure that a copyright claim would have had have been filed with the Library of Congress unlike now with the law granting copyright to the creator at the time of creation.
As for Busby, he formally copyrighted most of the volumes of the Braue Notebooks he printed. This was legal insofar as these were his editions and claimed to contain editorial comments and revisions. As for having the right to print them in the first place, I think that's been covered more than adequately elsewhere.Mere ownership of a book, manuscript, painting, or any other copy or phonorecord does not give the possessor the copyright. The law provides that transfer of ownership of any material object that embodies a protected work does not of itself convey any rights in the copyright.
Ok, Im with you on that. I worked in copyright and trademark admnistration for a major music publisher some years ago but I sure don't know it all and have probably forgotten most of what I did know by now.John W. LeBlanc points out: ... Copyright law goes further in stating that, even conveying the right to reproduce a work does not necessarily convey ownership rights to them ...
Right, most often given freely, not sold... and furthermore most often when the works become available, they are purchased.I know that copies of cool stuff circulate in the underground regularly as I have been sent copies of copyrighted works by so called respected magicians years ago when I was in the thick of things. There are really very few clean hands as far as Im concerned.
At one point when Jeff and I were still working together in the late 80s (he sold the Tabman Tables and the Erdnase Train Tables for me) he told me that he was at death's door due to some severe health problems and not expected to live much longer. I've wondered for years if he is actually still alive. He accused me once of having "brass balls" when I broke rank with him but this story takes the cake. I have hundreds of pages of fax communications with him stored in a file upstairs. Maybe I should publish the Busby Notebooks!!! :pOriginally posted by Bob Farmer: ... In an ideal world, somebody would have sued the moron by now and finally put a stake through his heart. ...
Yes, in Walnut Creek and I know you didn't set me up. I know you're an absolutely honorable man and one for whom I would go to the line for. You know, I quit smoking at your house. You've helped me so much. I was an old road rat and you befriended me. You're one of the great people and humble me with your friendship.Pete Biro remembers: I remember the meeting, Taberooo... it was in my house. ARgh... :cool:
Pete, "Tabman" taking the above as a premise, this sounds like a scary tale in the making.Originally posted by -=tabman:
... I suspect that Jeff has passed away and someone else is stirring things up in his name.
Please stop, Jonathan; you're scaring my goldfish. :)Originally posted by Jonathan Townsend:
Perhaps something in the metal turning for those cups went horribly wrong and an innocent cup became a dark grail? Maybe his ad copy was more than just inspired, it was guided by something with more sinister intersts.
Hi Paul. Busby is alive, but as to his being "well"...that is open to some debate. He is, no doubt, a character.Originally posted by pchosse:
Re-read Bob's assessment - Busby is alive and well - and his character is exactly as described...
Many thanks, I'm aware of it: I have a full set of HMM, as well as the other booklets Braue published with Hugard. Many thanks.In case you do not know, there is a feast of Braue material in Hugard's Magic Monthly.