Is it legal for this website, or others to offer FREE downloads of Desert Magazine?
We have researched the copyright of Desert Magazine for years. We have contacted the Library of Congress, tried to track down previous publishers, just about everything that we could think of. Based on our findings (none), we believe that Desert Magazine can be officially called an “Orphan Work.”
Wikipedia defines an “Orphan Work,” as follows:
An orphan work is a copyrighted work for which the copyright owner cannot be contacted. In some cases, only the name of its creator or copyright owner is known, and no other information can be established. A work can become an orphan because the copyright owner is unaware of their ownership, or the copyright owner has died, or the copyright owner is a company that has gone out of business, and it is not possible to establish to whom ownership of the copyright has passed. In other cases, the author and origin of a work simply cannot be determined, even after great diligence has been conducted.
If you, or someone you know is believed to be the copyright owner of Desert Magazine, we would love the opportunity to speak with you. Please contact us via our contact form.