I used to write for a newspaper; let’s call it the BV. The paper was later (after I left) bought out by a large newspaper company, and changed names. It is now out of business, under any name.
I know that what I wrote for the BV while an employee (or intern, or even as a freelance writer) was copyrighted by the BV, and owned by them. It said so right in the masthead.
Now that it’s out of business, does the copyright ownership of my articles revert to me? Could I legally re-publish them in another publication?
I don’t see how I could get permission from the original copyright holder, because the original company has been dissolved. Did the company who bought the original paper also obtain and retain all copyrights to all material ever contained within, including that contained even before they bought the BV?
I’ve tried researching the copyright laws myself, but apparently, it takes a lifetime to decipher the jargon.
Thanks in advance for any input,