This January authors who died in 1943 re-joined common cultural heritage, in legal wording they entered public domain. From that moment (70 years after death) we can legally publish, remix, translate their works without asking for permission and paying money (of course we still should attribute them as authors). Here are some of them:
Happy re-birthday! And now let’s see what we are missing because of absurd long term of copyright monopoly EU launched:
- Sylvia Plath, American poet, novelist and short story writer.
- Georges Braque, French Cubist sculptor and painter.
- Jean Cocteau, French poet, novelist, playwright and artist.
- C. S. Lewis, English novelist, poet and essayist.
- Aldous Huxley, English novelist and essayist.
- Tristan Tzara, Romanian and French essayist and poet.
- David Low (cartoonist), New Zealand political cartoonist who worked in the UK.
Can you imagine that we have to wait 20 years more for liberate their works? Even though Berne Convention (international agreement about copyright) allow 50 years term? It works this way in Canada for example, and used to in Poland before we joined EU. But few active fellows convince European politicians in 1993 to prolong it to 70 years. I’m sure that most of citizens has the same feeling as me that it doesn’t work for our good. Fortunately just now we have an unique opportunity to say it laud by writing few nice sentences to European Commission as a part of the consultations that EC announced month ago. You can do it in your own language but have to use their document and then send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here you can find model responses by Amelia Andersdotter but you can just write what you think, like, dislike and want regarding to your right to use culture in cyberspace as an answer to q. no 80. The deadline is 5th of February this year. It is possible to stop that absurd, let’s DIWO!
Image and catalog source: en.wikipedia.org