Reader seeks Maine author of Civil War book

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DEAR SUN SPOTS: Do you know how to reach Thomas Desjardin, the Lewiston High School grad and Civil War historian who wrote “Stand Firm Ye Boys of Maine?” I would like to get his permission to quote with attribution a small part of his book in a blog I write occasionally. Any information would be appreciated. — Andrew Hall, Ajhalllpn@myfairpoint.net

ANSWER: Copyrights are often held by the publisher rather than the author. If you go to Amazon.com, you can actually look inside the book at the copyright page to see who holds the copyright and obtain the address to write for permission. In this case, it looks like Desjardin may hold the copyright, but you might still be able to contact him through the publisher. The copy Sun Spots looked at said it was published by Oxford University Press (198 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016) but originally by published Thomas Publications (P.O. Box 3031, Gettysburg, PA 17325).

You might not need to obtain permission, depending on what and how you want to use the contents. The fair use doctrine is outlined at www.copyright.gov/title17/92chap1.html#107. It can be permissible to quote from within a book without obtaining permission, depending on the length of the passage, your reasons for quoting it and any monetary gain. Do you make money from your blog? If you don’t and only want to quote a few sentences, you probably don’t need to get permission. Check the Web site to see what might fit your situation.

If you do need to obtain permission, the copyright holder may charge you a fee. When Sun Spots worked for a textbook publisher, often those fees were waived by one scholarly publisher for another, but that was not always the case.

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There is plenty of information about Desjardin online, including a biography in Wikipedia, but contact information is difficult since Desjardin is a rather common name. Perhaps a reader will know his family and be able to supply some additional information.

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