We started Antique Home in 2005 as an information resource for both homeowners and lovers of old homes. We have old homes and we love them, so we've collected a variety of primary sources that we look forward to sharing.
On Antique Home, we focus on American residential architecture designed and built from the late 19th century through the 1960s. If it's inside or around an American home built between 1900 and 1960, we consider it fair game for publication and discussion.
Our sources are cited for the convenience of our readers. We do not specifically endorse products and we make no promises or guarantees regarding their value, performance, or accuracy. We publish what we understand to be true and accurate, but invite our readers to let us know when they find information that requires correction.
Our goal is to provide interesting, useful information to our readers as well as develop a forum for homeowners of old houses.
Throughout the site, in addition to material that is out of copyright (see below), we have written original content and published original images. Please contact us for information concerning pricing and availability for use and publication.
As publishers and writers, observance of copyright is very important to us. We will never knowingly publish material that is held in a valid copyright without contacting the author or publisher for the appropriate permissions and attributions.
Copyright law is complex. We are not experts, so we use the table created by Cornell University. For our purposes on Antique Home, we use the following criteria to determine what and how to treat all published works, catalogs, and books. (Unpublished materials are a separate case and one we are not likely to deal with.)
|When published||Conditions||Term of Copyright Protection|
|Before 1923||In public domain||None|
|From 1923–63||Published with notice||28 years, and could be renewed for 47 years, now extended by 20 years for a total renewal of 67 years or 95 years total copyright protection. If not so renewed, now in public domain.*|
|From 1923–1977||Published without a copyright notice||In the public domain|
|From 1964–77||Published with notice||28 years for first term; now automatic extension of 67 years for second term for total copyright protection of 95 years.|
|*According to the Cornell website, "a 1961 Copyright Office study found that fewer than 15% of all registered copyrights were renewed. For books, the figure was even lower: 7%. See Barbara Ringer, "Study No. 31: Renewal of Copyright" (1960), reprinted in Library of Congress Copyright Office."|
Most people creating catalogs and such during the first half of the 20th century were very oriented toward the future. Last year's catalog was a throw away. For the most part, copyright was considered in the context of protecting current designs from being copied by contemporaries. Protecting the contents once they had fallen out of style was not usually considered or acted on. Renewing copyright was a deliberate process until 1989, when proper notice and registration was still required.
For more information, refer to the U.S. Copyright Office.
If you have any questions about the material we have published or our right to do so, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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