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message 1: by Paul (new)

Paul Hollis | 8 comments i see that the Great Gatsby is available free here but it's copyright is 1925. I understand that it is only pre 1923 books that are in the public domain?
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46...


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message 3: by Paul (new)

Paul Hollis | 8 comments oh ok thanks. The whole copyright thing confuses me :)


message 4: by Violetta (new)

Violetta | 479 comments Generally speaking, you're right, Paul. 1923 is the cut-off year. Sometimes though, the copyright holder(s) may give permission for the book to go public domain.

This resource from UPenn may be useful.


message 5: by Paul (new)

Paul Hollis | 8 comments Violetta wrote: "Generally speaking, you're right, Paul. 1923 is the cut-off year. Sometimes though, the copyright holder(s) may give permission for the book to go public domain.

This resource from UPenn may be us..."


oh thank you-that is very informative!


message 6: by Shay (new)

Shay | 179 comments rivka wrote: "Project Gutenberg has it."

That's from Gutenberg Australia. Australia is a death+50 country. (That's 50 years after the year following the year of death. Fitzgerald died in 1940, so 50 years after 1941 and the copyright is expired in Australia, Canada, etc.)


message 7: by Renske (new)

Renske | 10797 comments I understood it is often 70 years after the death of the author.


message 8: by RB (new)

RB (rblindberg) | 31 comments It varies from country to country, for this reason there is no real international "cut off" year. Each year more books are automatically added to the public domain.


message 9: by vicki_girl (last edited Mar 01, 2012 09:55AM) (new)

vicki_girl | 2765 comments Shay wrote: "rivka wrote: "Project Gutenberg has it."

That's from Gutenberg Australia. Australia is a death+50 country. (That's 50 years after the year following the year of death. Fitzgerald died in 1940, so 50 years after 1941 and the copyright is expired in Australia, Canada, etc.) "


Shay is correct. In the US copyright would be different. The main Project Gutenberg (US) site has a list of rules for determining public domain for works published in the US.

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Gutenbe...

The Great Gatsby would fall under Rule 6. Items originally copyrighted between 1923 - 1964 can have their copyright renewed up to a total of 95 years after the original copyright date in the US. Because it is still under copyright in the US, downloading a copy in the US from anywhere would likely be a copyright infringement.

ETA: Under current rules, The Great Gatsby would be in the public domain in the US in 2021.


message 10: by Shay (new)

Shay | 179 comments Does this mean that books such as The Great Gatsby- not in the public domain in America- should have the "download ebook" removed from the GR page? If the book is being stored in a GR server in the US, is this "wrong"? Or, should there be something on the download page to check copyright laws of your country and a link like the one above to check your country's laws?


message 11: by vicki_girl (new)

vicki_girl | 2765 comments I think the Powers That Be (Goodreads staff) will need to make that call.


message 12: by rivka, Librarian Moderator (new)

rivka | 42033 comments Mod
Someone is looking into the issue.


message 13: by Patrick (last edited Mar 01, 2012 08:41PM) (new)

Patrick Brown | 102 comments We don't currently have the capability to check where you are when you try to download something, so we are going to remove this ebook (and any others that are still in copyright in the US). Down the road, we will look to customize the site more so that books out of copyright in other countries can be downloaded or read on a country-by-country basis, but until then, we have to go by what's in copyright here.


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