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Old 10-11-2017, 08:13 AM   #1
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The Internet Archive is leveraging an obscure copyright law

Cory Doctorow just posted this on BoingBoing:

An obscure copyright law is letting the Internet Archive distribute books published 1923-1941

The Internet Archive is calling this the Sonny Bono Memorial Collection in honor of Sonny Bono's attempt to enact perpetual copyright law. He also worked to create "orphaned" works by placing public domain books back into copyright status with no clear copyright holder.

There is a loophole that allows libraries to make and lend copies of out-of-print books from 1923-1941.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:31 AM   #2
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Great news! There are so many books that have long been out of copyright in most parts of the world, but it's impossible to access the Google scans because they were published after 1923.
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Old 10-11-2017, 09:35 AM   #3
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The Internet Archive is calling this the Sonny Bono Memorial Collection in honor of Sonny Bono's attempt to enact perpetual copyright law. He also worked to create "orphaned" works by placing public domain books back into copyright status with no clear copyright holder.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:25 AM   #4
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Good for them. I wonder if they've stopped violating newer books' copyrights with Open Library yet.
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Old 10-11-2017, 10:43 AM   #5
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Good for them. I wonder if they've stopped violating newer books' copyrights with Open Library yet.
The biggest problem at Internet Archive is the "Community Texts" area, which appears to allow unregulated uploading of anything by anyone, and contains enormous numbers of copyrighted works.

Internet Archive is a very valuable site, and I use it all the time to download PDF pagescans of long out-of-print works, but I'd recommend checking the copyright status before you download anything, particular if the book is in the "Community Texts" collection.
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