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Old 06-09-2013, 06:13 PM   #1
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MR new book posting rules

I recently uploaded an epub to MR, and noticed a statement about new rules for book posting:

"Due to a planned migration to a new system we would like to make our library strictly compliant with "Life+70" copyright law. With immediate effect, therefore, we will no longer accept new book uploads unless they are either in the "Life+70" public domain, or covered by a CC (or similar) licence. Please don't upload any book unless its author died before 1st Jan 1943, or it licensed for free distribution. If you have further questions feel free to contact Harry. Thanks!"

As I interpret the above statement, it means that books published before 1924 that are are pd in the US are NOT suitable for posting on MR, and certainly not those meeting Canadian "Life +50" even though there seems no change in the Canadian law that I could find on the internet.

Can anyone clarify the statement for me? And I wonder why the change from something that seemed to work so well? Is MR moving to Europe?

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Old 06-09-2013, 06:20 PM   #2
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The owner of MR lives in Switzerland. There's more information in this thread
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:25 PM   #3
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Thanks tilia; I hadn't noticed that thread. I'm a bit unhappy because I've wasted much time on creating a epub that formerly was suitable during its lengthy prep, and now is not, so probably will be removed!
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Old 06-10-2013, 03:11 AM   #4
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Thanks for the link.

The saddest thing about this is that the next time Walt Disney's copyright on Mickey Mouse is close to running out we'll have to go through this all over again.
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The saddest thing about this is that the next time Walt Disney's copyright on Mickey Mouse is close to running out we'll have to go through this all over again.
No we won't. European copyright law has nothing to do with Disney.
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Moved to the "Feedback" forum. This is completely inappropriate for the "News" forum.
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