This depends on the author’s publishing contract, if any. If a contract is not explicit about reversion of rights, or if it requires that a certain procedure take place before the reversion can be said to have occurred, then the author may need to seek legal advice before proceeding, or consult with the publisher
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- If a work is unpublished does copyright apply?
- Can I post a copy to myself as proof that it is copyright?
- Can copyright protect ideas?
- Can a name or title be protected by copyright?
- If a work is available online then can’t anyone use it? Isn’t it public domain?
- A work doesn’t have a copyright notice; is it protected by copyright?
- If only a small amount of a work is used, then permission is not needed?
- If changes are made to the work, then permission is not needed?
- If the author is credited, then permission is not needed?