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    Re: Almanac Heaven
    From: Ken Gebhart
    Date: 2006 Mar 29, 22:18 -0600

    On 3/29/06 9:03 PM, "Fred Hebard"  wrote:
    > On Mar 29, 2006, at 2:07 PM, George Huxtable wrote:
    >> HM Almanac Office claims worldwide copyright for all the contents,
    >> except for those small portions
    >> originating in the US. I would like to know what the copyright
    >> notice states, that's issued with the
    >> US version.
    > The copyright in the U.S. government edition is held by the Council
    > of the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils, which is a
    > British government organization, acting for HM Almanac Office.   The
    > U.S. government produced the cover, title page and reverse, the
    > Preface, pages 6 & 7 (eclipse diagrams), and pages 286-315 (the
    > tabular part of the sight reduction tables, excluding the two pages
    > at the end for adjustment to tabulated altitudes).  These portions
    > are not claimed for copyright in the United State (no mention of
    > elsewhere).
    > The notice in the commercial edition (Ken Gebhardt) is similar.  The
    > commercial edition is produced with permission from the above British
    > Council.
    > I suppose the British government could allow British publishers also
    > to produce a commercial edition.  I wonder whether Celestaire can
    > sell theirs in Britain.  I don't see why not.  They could make as
    > much money from that, I expect, as from their own.
    > Fred Hebard
    Fred, you have it exactly right. Also, Brown's Almanac (Glascow), and Reed's
    Almanac, are claimed by the British Almanac Office to be paying royalties
    too.  Celestaire/ Paradise Cay does now sell our almanacs in the UK through
    several firms such as Kelvin Hughes, Imray, and Sea Chest. Inroads have been
    slow due to fear of the chart agents to ruffle the feathers of the British
    Admiralty who have an economic interest in sales of the almanac
    Ken Gebhart.

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