Muddle-headed Kay (mhw) wrote,
Muddle-headed Kay

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UK publishing/copyright people

Does anyone know the name of the current Agent for the Copyright Libraries?

I have seen a report that Mr A T Smail, previously the Agent, retired in or before 2000.

An excellent man, Mr Smail. So many people in the 'zine world in the 1980s complained at what they saw as a bureaucratic interference (the requirement to deposit copies of published material with the Copyright Libraries) that I felt impelled to find out what all the fuss was about. I interviewed him at his office and published the interview in my long-gone 'zine Soft Construction. He explained how the Copyright Acquisition process worked, both in theory and in practice, and, busy as he must have been, treated me with great courtesy.

I hope that his retirement is proving enjoyable, and that he has many years in which to enjoy it.

ETA: The current Agent is Ms C M Allardice.

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