Breakfast At Twilight by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN

March 28, 2013
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Breakfast At Twilight by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN!

This was not previously known do to copyright fraud on the part of the Philip K. Dick estate.

In the early 1980s a number of Philip K. Dick’s short stories were claimed as a eligible for renewal under the law. But a close comparison between the actual publications in the magazines, and the copyright renewal forms used (which required notation of first publication) has turned up dozens of discrepancies.

Breakfast At Twilight is another of these fraudulent renewals.

Breakfast At Twilight was first published in the July 1954 issue of Amazing Stories. But the Dick estate claimed the story was first published in the July 1955 issue of Amazing Stories. Here is the relevant page Copyright Office renewal document:

RE190631 Page 2 (back) Prominent Author, Progeny, Exhibit Piece, Shell Game, A World Of Talent, James P. Crow, Small Town, Survey Team, Sales Pitch, Time Pawn, Breakfast At Twilight, The Crawlers, Of Withered Apples, Adjustment Team, Meddler

It was not published in that issue, as can be shown HERE (a list detailing the contents of that issue).

As more proof I offer a photograph of the table of contents of from the July 1954 issue of Amazing Stories (it shows the true first publication of Breakfast At Twilight):

Amazing Stories, July 1954 table of contents (includes Breakfast At Twilight by Philip K. Dick)

Because Breakfast At Twilight was not renewed within it’s 28th year it is PUBLIC DOMAIN.

Here is a |PDF| made from a reprint in Fantastic, November 1966. Please note the of the 1954 copyright on that printing too.

An |ETEXT| is also online.

Posted by Jesse Willis

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