Originally Posted by bgalbrecht
In Australia and Canada, Gone with the Wind is PD, and one can download it from PG Australia for free. In fact, Mitchell's heirs sued PG Australia and lost. Here in the US, under the laws in place when she wrote it, it should have been in the PD in 1984, but because of the two copyright extensions, this book won't be PD until 2031, assuming Disney and other corporate IP holders don't again lobby Congress into extending copyright for another lifetime or two. It may be theft of income to you and Mitchell's heirs, but I'm not going to be outraged by someone in the US illegally downloading it from PG Australia.
There was no suit. It was correspondence more like - 'That's what you think? That's nice. Would you like to provide some legal evidence of this under Australian law (note, not American, for you really slow lawyers'.
Then they of course went away, given that the request for evidence is impossible to do.