"Out of print" and "Copywrite Expired" are not the same thing. Check with a lawyer before you start selling reprints of the book. You might check with the publisher to see if they have plans to reissue it, or if they still have the rights. Unko Paul
"A master banjo player isn't the person who can pick the most notes.It's the person who can touch the most hearts." Patrick Costello
if something is "out of print", then it can legally be copied, isnt that right?
Not unless it was published without a copyright notice, in which case it's in the public domain. Otherwise it's still protected by law for 85 years after the publication date if it was published before 1977 or 70 years after the death of the author if it was published after 1977.
In this particular case, the book was published in 1980 and the copyright is registered to Margaret V. Williams-Tufft (owner of Tradewinds Recordings, the publisher). The current owner of the copyright remains a mystery but has been discussed here before:
Set an alert for yourself on Ebay. Every time the Red Book comes on, you will get a notice and the price will vary. I bought mine in 2006 and I paid $50 for it - worth so much more. IMHO you should jump on it before the price sails past $100. Guarantee that it will. So many things related to slack key go out-of-print - I try to grab things as I come across them and have zero regrets.
Ditto everything that Claudia said. They don't come up very often, and command high prices. I have one, but it isn't for sale. If it - or anything else in my slack key library ever does -- I will announce it here.