[pp.int.general] Fwd: [FC-discuss] Fwd: Urgent -- Aaron was just arrested

Pat Mächler patrick.maechler at pp-international.net
Thu Jul 21 18:02:25 CEST 2011

On Thu, Jul 21, 2011 at 5:52 PM, Christian Hufgard
<pp at christian-hufgard.de> wrote:
> On 21.07.2011 14:57, Pat Maechler aka Valio wrote:
>> Fully agree.
>> Someone else did not a cool protest now on TPB! I completely support it! :-)
>> http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/6554331/Papers_from_Philosophical_Transactions_of_the_Royal_Society__fro
> And how do those kids think, documents from the very past get digitized?
> For "free" by google? It is easy to "free" something you haven't had to
> put any work into. But where are the great works created by these
> "freedom" fighters?

One could argue in favor of a limited related/neighboring rights for
scanning the documents (just as you also get recording rights), but
certainly not for a new copyright on the works themselves.
However this should then apply to everyone who does such work.

BTW:  A critical note to the TPB link: Works created before 1923 are
not in the public domain in all jurisdiction for certain, but just in
the US, see
In some nations (e.g. in Europe) the principle of "70 years protection
after death of the author" has been already applied to works before
1923; so be cautious depending on where you are currently staying!


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