First, I want to introduce myself, as I’ve been a lurker until now on this list. My name
is Alek Tarkowski, I head a Polish digital / open think tank called Centrum Cyfrowe, and
I’m also active with Communia.
The campaign that you are discussing has been created by us, and I’m happy and open to
discuss it. Please feel free to share any doubts, criticisms or suggestions.
Regarding the copyright duration, please note, that this is not just an issue of Otto
Frank’s co-authorship. There’s also the issue of extended copyright protection for works
published post-mortem. Because of this, versions A and B of the diary, despite having not
been edited by Otto Frank, are according to Dutch law in copyright until 2036.
We’ve written about this on our blog:
We were not aware that the diary has been already made available, thank you for providing
the link. I still feel that the advantage of our work is the effort we put into making
this case public.
All the best,
On 26 Apr 2016, at 18:44, Sandra Rientjes - Wikimedia
Nederland <rientjes(a)wikimedia.nl> wrote:
Re. your statement: "It turns out that the original Dutch version is in the public
domain in Poland -- but not in the Netherlands"
This may be premature. It all depends on whether you accept the claim that Otto Frank has
copyright over Anne Frank’s diary.
As I stated on the communia-blog
that claim has not yet been upheld by any court and is considered invalid by several
experts on the writings of Anne Frank.
I am not sure whether this campaign - however sympathetic its cause - helps ensure that
Anne Frank's diary remains firmly in the public domain, as it appears to take these
claims for granted,
Also: the text of the diary has been available from this (French?) website
<http://affordance.typepad.com//mon_weblog/2016/01/anne-frank.html>since January 1.
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