Greetings all -
We are a small publishing firm located in Texas. Previously all works that we've dealt with have been public domain works. I'm currently working on obtaining permission for a text whose copyright was renewed in 1966. Here's the deal:
Author died in 1968, leaving his entire estate to his wife. (NOTE: Neither the book or its copyright claim was mentioned in the will. It just transferred as personal property along with everything else).
In 1993, his wife died. In her will, she divided her estate equally among 6 beneficiaries. I've been successful in reaching one of them, her son, who has granted permission.
My question: Need I obtain permission from all 6 beneficiaries of the wife's estate or merely a majority? I assume that it's all six but want to double check.
And, of course, all 6 may not be living. If they aren't, I'll need to contact the beneficiaries of each of their wills provided that none died intestate, won't I?
I thank you in advance for your assistance.