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Rich S.
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Let's say you find a game which seems old. In fact, this game seems so old that it may not even be published anymore. In-fact-in-fact, this game's publisher may be dead and buried.

How do you go about finding out if the patent/copyright for a game has expired? Can it be reacquired by some yahoo off the street? What about amended, revamped and republished?
 
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I suppose I'd start with trying to track down the publisher and designer.
 
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Well, I have the publisher as listed, but the ol' internet off ers no further information on them. No designer is listed.
 
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How do you go about finding out if the patent/copyright for a game has expired? Can it be reacquired by some yahoo off the street? What about amended, revamped and republished?


I believe that once the copyright has expired, it can't be re-copyrighted. (Derivative works, however, probably could be.)

As for the status of the patent/copyright, you could go to the US Patent & Trademark office: http://www.uspto.gov/

or the US Copyright Office: http://www.copyright.gov/

and search it there.

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Tim M-L
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Does the box or rules have the address of the company?

Sure, they probably aren't there anymore, but maybe the state, or local newspapers might have something on the company.

if it was made before a certain date (1922?) it is definitely out of copyright and very likely to be if made before (I think) 1968? unless the copyright owner has jumped through the right hoops to avoid lapsing.
 
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Now, for some added fun:

The publisher was in Canada.

Are there similar means of accessing that info for Up North?
 
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