Considered the creator of the first detective story and early contributor to the science fiction genre, Poe not only perfected the art of the short story but later appreciation of his work resulted in horror and suspense being deemed worthy of inclusion in the literary canon.

And while his poem “The Raven” made him a celebrity, Poe made very little money from the work as 19th Century copyright laws were ineffective. Poe’s efforts to petition officials for better copyright laws only resulted in bitter frustration, as evidenced in his many letters to colleagues.

Fortunately, for creative types of all kinds, copyright law has changed since then. And The New York Law Institute has copyright materials available in its Nutshells, eBooks, databases , Records & Briefs and a staff that can help you research any questions you may have!