Copyright Questions: making book chapters available to students

June 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Posted in useful links | Leave a comment
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Last month I took part in a ‘copyright refresher’ day organised by the Library. A group of us submitted questions and then attempted to answer someone else’s. I picked what seemed to be a perfectly straightforward question about copying chapters from a book published in 1916… but the more I looked into this example the more interesting it became. The author was Simon Dubnow, a Jewish historian and activist, who was shot by the Nazis in the ghetto at Riga (Latvia) in 1941 – and Wikipedia rapidly led me to more details than I really wanted to know about the atrocities that occurred there. UK law grants copyright for 70 years from the author’s death – so that means it runs out soon in 2012. Now US copyright law is different and states that all books published in the US prior to 1923 are in the public domain – so there the book is out of copyright and has been made freely available on Project Gutenberg. This raises the interesting question “are we allowed to link to it?”

I’ve made my talk available as n 8-minute narrated slideshow produced using Adobe Presenter – the more I use this PowerPoint add-on, the more impressed I am.


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