Friday, December 30, 2022

Suggestions How to Find the Right Person for Copyright Permission?

 This article published in 1954 has a very useful graph on p. 257 for my Western Civ class.  The powers that be have decreed that for an online class every image must be public domain or have a copyright permission.  From 1954, I am sure the author is dead and the journal seems to be dead as well.  Where do I go for copyright permission?


  1. Springer was the last "publisher" of the journal:

    The journal started as a journal of the Royal Dutch Geological Mining Society, which is still in existence:
    "Copyright KNMG. Request permission from the Secretary of the Central Board by sending an email to"

  2. The journal (Geologie en Mijnbouw) was published by the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands, KNGMG. Maybe they can help you.

  3. There is a successor journal, published by Cambridge University Press:
    Netherlands Journal of Geosciences - Geologie en Mijnbouw is a fully open access journal which publishes papers on all aspects of geoscience, providing they are of international interest and quality. As the official publication of the 'Netherlands Journal of Geosciences' Foundation the journal publishes new and significant research in geosciences with a regional focus on the Netherlands, the North Sea region and relevant adjacent areas. A wide range of topics within the geosciences are covered in the journal, including "geology, physical geography, geophyics, (geo-)archeology, paleontology, hydro(geo)logy, hydrocarbon exploration, modelling and visualisation." The journal is a continuation of Geologie and Mijnbouw (published by the Royal Geological and Mining Society of the Netherlands, KNGMG) and Mededelingen Nederlands Instituut voor Toegepaste Geowetenschappen (published by TNO Geological Survey of the Netherlands).

  4. Try and lookup the publication name under Research-Search Copyright Records then the Catalog of Copyright Entries 1954 Periodicals (, you might find the periodical and the actual copyright holder of the Journal listed, and then may be able to find the copyright holder information and contact them especially if the holder is other than the journal itself.

  5. Wouldn't this be covered by the terms of Fair Use?

    1. In a face-to-face class, yes. But online, our college is a bit more picky.

  6. From doing a search (which I'm sure you did yourself):
    If the copyright was retained by the author, who has died, than the author's heir (s) own it. (If there are no other heirs, it becomes the property of the state. This is known as escheating.) If the author has sold or assigned the copyright (say to a publisher) then the buyer or assignee owns it.

    Following the link to info about a defunct publishing company, it's too long to include but looks like what you want:,publisher%29%20then%20the%20buyer%20or%20assignee%20owns%20it.