Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN

February 14, 2014
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Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick

Sales Pitch, a short story by Philip K. Dick, is PUBLIC DOMAIN.

This was not previously known due to a fraudulent attempt to renew the copyright after it had expired.

Sales Pitch was first published in Future Science Fiction, June 1954.

Here is the table of contents for that magazine. It shows its presence in that issue:

Future Science Fiction, June 1954 - table of contents (includes Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick)

The false claim of renewal, as evidenced by THIS renewal form is revealing. I’ve highlighted the relevant data here:

Future Magazine, Vol 17 No 6, June 1955

No magazine named “Future Magazine, Vol 17, No 6, June ’55” actually exists. Future Science Fiction produced only one issue in 1955, issue #28. The table of contents for it is HERE. You will note it does not contain any stories by Philip K. Dick.

In order for Sales Pitch to be still under copyright it would have had to have been properly renewed within it’s 28th year after publication. It was not.

Sales Pitch by Philip K. Dick is therefore PUBLIC DOMAIN.

Here’s a |PDF| made from a scan of Future Science Fiction, June 1954.

Here is an |ETEXT| version.

Posted by Jesse Willis

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