(Obviously we are amateur attorneys here, but...). I would guess that any document in a library can be made available to anyone in the library, unless the library had formed a specific legal agreement with the donors of the documents in question.
From: T. S. Eliot Discussion forum. [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom Gray
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2018 10:09 AM
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Subject: Re: Unpublished letters (was: The Love Song of T.S. Eliot and Emily Hale)
Does Miller have a right to see them or is it that copyright does not apply to someone reading an existing copy. Someone could refuse or permit a person to read a copy of a book that they own without asking permission from the copyright holder
On Mon, Feb 19, 2018 at 10:57 AM, Ken Armstrong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Granted that seeing the letters for research purposes is not the same as publication, how does that translate to Miller's having a perfect right to see them? Does that mean that anyone who presents him- or herself as an Eliot researcher has a right to see them? Just wondering what the criteria are.
On 2/17/2018 3:50 PM, Rickard A. Parker wrote:
On Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:37:59 +0000, David Boyd <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
There is surely though a distinction between literary executors' control
over the 'publication' of copyright material and the letters being allowed
to be seen for research etc purposes, which isn't in law 'publication'
Athough the copyright of Eliot's letters to Emily may indeed rest with the
Eliot Estate, they were / are the property of the recipient and the
recipient can allow anyone they like to see them.
So long as researchers merely report upon the contents and paraphrase the
exact words used, they do not 'publish' them, even though they publish a
book that reveals the contents of the letters this way
It's amazing what money, influence and threat of legal action can do though.
Miller had every right to see the Verdenal letters that Valerie Eliot had but he
didn't get to see them. There is even a note in the files about Miller being
If I were working for the Eliot estate I would be proposing various deals that
could be made between the estate and Princeton.