Steve Mollmann wrote:
In the Doctor Who world, BBC Books (an imprint of Random House) can't reprint a Doctor Who novel from Virgin without specifically getting the rights to it.
Those books are also copyrighted by the author, not the BBC, aren't they?
My understanding of the subject is that once the BBC chose not to renew their license with Virgin, the rights to the books were passed to the individual authors. This is how Paul Cornell was able to grant permission for Big Finish to create the Benny Summerfield audios, he granted them permission to use his books and a few of the other authors gave their permission for their stories to be adapted.
IDW also holds some relationships with DC and Marvel and other publishers to do reprints of their material at IDW. In particular you have the Artist Editions, which are cans of the original art in portfolio sized collections.