[free-sklyarov] The Anti-DMCA Index -- Libraries, Ebooks and the DMCA

Victor Piterbarg free-sklyarov at happycool.com
Mon Aug 13 14:48:38 PDT 2001

There seems to be a very fuzzy difference between "published" and "not
published" in the digital world. If publishers can place restrictions on
public-domain works, then the Project Gutenberg people can say that they
have "published" these texts, and that by downloading them you agree to a
license that prohibits you from placing any restrictions on the work you've
downloaded, if you want to re-distribute it. In fact, they can also ROT-13
the texts for good measure.


-----Original Message-----
From: free-sklyarov-admin at zork.net
[mailto:free-sklyarov-admin at zork.net]On Behalf Of Roger Sperberg
Sent: Monday, August 13, 2001 2:32 PM
To: free-sklyarov at zork.net
Subject: RE: [free-sklyarov] The Anti-DMCA Index -- Libraries, Ebooks
and the DMCA

On 13-Aug-2001, Jon O. wrote:

>Diaz has no right to tell me what I can do with a Public Domain ebook.
>Project Gutenberg should review its licensing and take control back
>from the greedy corporations attempting to usurp the public's
>Intellectual Rights.

Since Adobe is not the publisher of any of the titles it distributes, it's
clear to me why you think it is Adobe telling you what you may or may not do
with a public-domain e-book.

The permissions are set by the publisher. Anyone may take a public domain
title and publish it. Neither Project Gutenberg nor anyone else can restrict
them in
any way -- since it's public domain, PG doesn't own that work. No one owns
it. And
the only thing PG could do is specify conditions under which the publisher
uses the
licensed Project Gutenberg trademark.

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