PG Monthly Newsletter (2013-07-03)

This is the Project Gutenberg Newsletter for July 2013. CONTENTS * Project Gutenberg’s 42nd birthday * Our newest language addition: Arabic * Copyright news from Canada * Newest eBook listings * Project Gutenberg’s 42nd birthday Forty-two years ago, in 1971, Michael Hart typed the US Declaration of Independence into a computer file at the University […]

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PG Monthly Newsletter (2013-05-01)

This is the Project Gutenberg Newsletter for May 2013 CONTENTS * #25,000 from Distributed Proofreaders * Copyright Threat in Canada * New eBook releases from the past month * #25,000 from Distributed Proofreaders Art and Practice of Silver Printing, by H. P. Robinson and Capt. Abney Thanks to The Online Distributed Proofreading Team at […]

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The Sanction of the Victim

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Consider this question: Would any of our modern publishers be able to compete with a mind and heart such as that of Johannes Gutenberg? Yet they, and their predecessors, The Stationers, managed to take over the entire world of The Gutenberg Press with the first of an era of legal manipulation we call “Intellectual Property.” […]

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Canadians: Speak Out on Copyright

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BIG NEWS! January’s a great time to send an email to Ottawa A unique opportunity for Canadians to defend their Public Domain (the deadline is January 31, 2011). The Opportunity Bill C-32, the bill to amend the Copyright Act, is now being examined by a parliamentary committee in Ottawa. The committee has taken the unprecedented […]

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January 1, 2011 will be Public Domain Day

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Every new year since the first copyrights expired, back around 1724, the world has looked forward to the expiration of copyrights and the availability of public domain works, which have been kept under publishing monopolies. This coming January 1, Europeans will see a nice list of great works entering the public domain as their copyright […]

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Copyright Revisions in Canada: Half a Loaf is Better Than None

Life+50 Duration Retained The basic Life+50 copyright term is safe in Canada, at least for now. There has been considerable pressure from foreign governments for Canada to extend its copyright term, but the Copyright Act revisions unveiled in June left the basic term of copyright unchanged. For this, the government deserves our thanks and congratulations. […]

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Suggestions needed about the ongoing U.S. Copyright Extensions

ONGOING U.S. COPYRIGHT EXTENSIONS U.S. COPYRIGHTS TO BE EXTENDED TO 115 YEARS, DECADE BY DECADE FROM THE ORIGINAL 14 YEARS! THE SUPREME COURT SAYS IT NEVER HAS TO STOP!!! Suggestions are more than welcome how to publicize this upcoming event before it even starts to happen!!! Apparently everyone is keeping silent about the various copyright […]

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Ongoing U.S. Copyright Extensions

Can anything be done to stop the next U.S. extension or If not stop them, at least publicize them a little? I should add that this is probably a losing battle even if it looks as if we are winning. Here’s why: When the last Australian Copyright Act was discussed in Parliament, they passed a […]

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Library of Congress give free access to Copyright Database!

Here’s an article found over at TeleRead that should be of great interest to Project Gutenberg. Sixteen million copyright records from the U.S. Copyright Office are now available in bulk, thanks to the efforts of Carl Malamud (left), Peter Brantley and others. No more will the feds charge tens of thousands of dollars for subscriptions […]

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Einstein’s “Most Important Decision”

Einstein said that the most important decision you ever make is whether you live in a friendly universe or a hostile universe– in a positive universe or a negative universe. This relates very strongly to what is perhaps the greatest idea I came up with in all my college years, which was that you make […]

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