Question: I was looking for ventriloquist books on Amazon. They have a Kindle book called "How to Build a Ventriloquist Dummy”. I bought it out of curiosity and it is just a copy of the Paul Winchell’s book “Ventriloquism for Fun and Profit.” It has only the chapters on how to build a dummy. I also see that Amazon offers a reprint of his book as well. And a full Kindle copy each with a 2010 copyright. My question is Paul’s book Copyrighted when he offered it or is it public Domain?
From Mr. D: I have an original hardcover copy of Paul Winchell's book, Ventriloquism For Fun and Profit. It belonged to Mrs. Maher (she wrote her name and address inside the book), and it still has the somewhat tattered dust cover. I have thought of selling it, but can't quite bring myself to do it. Anyway, I know it is a first edition, and I checked the copyright page. It is printed, "Copyright 1954, Paul Winchell". You ask if the book is now in public domain but I can't answer that. I don't know if Paul renewed the copyright, or if so, for how many years.