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Old 07-03-2010, 02:37 PM   #1
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Perelman, Yakov - Physics for Entertainment - Copyright Issue in the US?

1st post, please be gentle!

After a long on-going battle to downsize and make space in the house, I justified to myself the benifits of purchasing an ebook reader and two weeks ago, bought a PRS-300.

I downloaded Sigil one week ago and decided to throw myself in at the deep end and convert 'Physics for Entertainment' by Yakov Perelman, a text that I had read a couple of years ago in PDF format. I found that whilst an epub version was available from the same source, that it had been automatically converted and thus contained numerous OCR spelling errors, formatting issues and inconsistent image reproduction.

What I have now is a vastly improved version of the text both spell checked and formatted nicely, plus re-scans of all 155 PDF illustrations.

However, I am fully aware of the potential for breach of copyright issues and so ask for clarification/suggestions.

Am I correct that just because the PDF (and other formats) are available through www.archive.org, doesn't automatically mean that I can upload here?

If it helps, Physics for Entertainment was originally published in 1913 (according to wikipedia) and Yakov Perelman died in 1942.

Given that I am based in the UK, are there other places that I can safely upload?

In the worst case scenario where someone states that I cannot legally upload this document to the internet without breaching copyright, then no worries, I have learned a huge amount of HTML in this past week! I'll just have to work out what the next project will be....
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IANAL, but I believe everything published in the US before 1923 is now out of copyright, and it would also be legit in life+50 countries (and in a couple of years in life+70 countries). Better to have someone else confirm that, though.
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Sounds like an interesting book, so I hope to see the fruits of your labour!
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Am I correct that just because the PDF (and other formats) are available through www.archive.org, doesn't automatically mean that I can upload here?
Nope - if it's on archive.org it's absolutely fine to upload here.
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Old 07-03-2010, 05:36 PM   #5
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Thanks folks for a swift response - much appreciated! I've posted here.
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If it helps, Physics for Entertainment was originally published in 1913 (according to wikipedia) and Yakov Perelman died in 1942.

Given that I am based in the UK, are there other places that I can safely upload?
It is public domain in the US (it was published before 1923), it is public domain in Canada (its author died more than 50 years ago), but it is not public domain in the UK (its author died less than 70 years ago). So, MobileRead can legally host it, but you cannot legally upload it from the UK; whether or not you care about that, that's a different matter

Note, however, that the above refers to the original Russian text (assuming the original was in Russian, which I don't know). For any translation, one would have to consider the date of publication of the translation and the date of death of the translator.
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If the English translation is on archive.org, however, that means that it is in the US public domain.
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