Breakfast At Twilight by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN

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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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5 thoughts to “Breakfast At Twilight by Philip K. Dick is PUBLIC DOMAIN”

  1. I might be wrong but I believe I’m right.

    Copyright Renewal Registration Number RE0000190631 appears to be the first fraudulent document created and filed with a government agency in a scheme to conceal the copyright status of 25 literary works by Philip K. Dick with intent to be continuously used to deceive and defraud people and businesses financially and to deprive people of their First Amendment rights under color of law.

    Copyright Renewal Registration Number RE0000190631 appears to be a materially false statement made with intent to be referenced and otherwise used to create more instruments of criminal deception, conceal many false representations in existing and future business contracts, conceal false representations in future documents (sometimes filed with the U. S. government or state governments) and the basis for abusive, extortionate and otherwise threatening communications with people in the form of letters of demand and/or cease and desist letters.

    Copyright Renewal Registration Number RE0000190631 appears to be a falsified document which has been used and continues to be used to criminally monopolize interstate commerce and international commerce and artificially raise prices of more things in more ways than is immediately apparent.

    Copyright Renewal Registration Number RE0000190631 appears to be the basic fraudulent document relied on to commit fraud against the United States, individual states and local governments including but not limited to cheating military and public libraries which have purchased books and other materials at artificially inflated prices due to false claims of copyright in public domain works.

    Copyright Renewal Registration Number RE0000190631 and its spawn appear to be used to violate state and federal laws such as the three cited below and due to the continuous nature of violations it seems the applicable Statutes Of Limitations and Limitations Of Actions for some of the violations have not expired.

    15 U.S.C. § 1 : US Code – Section 1: Trusts, etc., in restraint of trade illegal; penalty

    Every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, is declared to be illegal. Every person who shall make any contract or engage in any combination or conspiracy hereby declared to be illegal shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $100,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $1,000,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.

    http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/15/1/1

    15 U.S.C. § 2 : US Code – Section 2: Monopolizing trade a felony; penalty

    Every person who shall monopolize, or attempt to monopolize, or combine or conspire with any other person or persons, to monopolize any part of the trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by fine not exceeding $100,000,000 if a corporation, or, if any other person, $1,000,000, or by imprisonment not exceeding 10 years, or by both said punishments, in the discretion of the court.

    http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/15/1/2

    18 U.S.C. § 1001 : US Code – Section 1001: Statements or entries generally

    (a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully –
    (1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick, scheme, or device a material fact;
    (2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or
    (3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;
    shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.
    (b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial proceeding, or that party’s counsel, for statements, representations, writings or documents submitted by such party or counsel to a judge or magistrate in that proceeding.
    (c) With respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to –
    (1) administrative matters, including a claim for payment, a matter related to the procurement of property or services, personnel or employment practices, or support services, or a document required by law, rule, or regulation to be submitted to the Congress or any office or officer within the legislative branch; or
    (2) any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.

    http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/uscode/18/I/47/1001

  2. What’s the matter?
    In the July 1954 issue of Amazing Stories:
    “North America was attacked two years ago,” Douglas said. “In 1958.”
    Tim sagged. “1958. Then this is 1960.”
    Later:
    “North America was attacked two years ago,” Douglas said. “In 1978.”
    Tim sagged. “1978. Then this is 1980.”

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