Prominent Author by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN

January 9, 2012
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Prominent Author by Philip K. Dick is a PUBLIC DOMAIN short story.

Prominent Author by Philip K. Dick - illustrated by Paul Orban
Paul Orban illustration from Prominent Author by Philip K. Dick

Back in 1983 an application was made to renew the copyright for Prominent Author, a short story by Philip K. Dick. The story’s copyright, however was not renewed in the time allotted. Instead the applicant, Paul Williams, mis-stated the original publication date giving Prominent Author the deceptive appearance of being within the renewal period. This is demonstrably false.

Here is the highlighted detail from the copyright renewal form:

Incorrect publication date for "Prominent Author"

Here is the complete page of the copyright renewal form for RE190631:
copyright renewal form for RE190631 (includes Prominent Author by Philip K. Dick)

Here is the table of contents from the May 1954 issue of IF: Worlds Of Science Fiction (note that it includes Prominent Author by Philip K. Dick):
Table Of Contents for IF: Worlds Of Science Fiction (including Prominent Author by Philip K. Dick)

Here is the table of contents from IF: Worlds Of Science Fiction, June 1955 (note the absence of a story by Philip K. Dick):
Table of contents from IF: Worlds Of Science Fiction, June 1955

Prominent Author by Philip K. Dick is a PUBLIC DOMAIN short story.

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