Thanks to Jill Hurst-Wahl’s
Here is a snippet:
How do you find out whether a book was renewed? You have to check the U.S. Copyright Office records. Records from 1978 onward are online (see
Thanks to the efforts of Google software engineer Jarkko Hietaniemi, we’ve gathered the records from both sources, massaged them a bit for easier parsing, and combined them into a single XML file available for
Jill also pointed us to
This is great news for historians, journalists, researchers, publishers, and librarians. It’s also great for the Open Content Alliance and other book digitization projects.
Of course, this does not help much with books published and copyrighted outside of the United States. But that’s always a complication
Google itself is going to use these records to change the format of many of the scanned books published between 1923 and 1963. Currently, these are only available in “snippet” form. Will Google Book Search change significantly now that this file is available?
It looks promising that there may be an expansion of the online availability of titles published between 1923 and 1963 at