Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 03:14:36 +0100
From: geni <geniice(a)gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [WikiEN-l] Copyright question - illegal publications
To: "English Wikipedia" <wikien-l(a)wikipedia.org>
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On 5/10/06, zero 0000 <nought_0000(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
I'm hoping someone here can help non a copyright issue.
I want to post a translation (probably on Wikiquote) of
an article of just over a page that appeared in an illegal
newspaper in 1943. There is no author given and the
underground organization which published the newspaper
disbanded in 1948. The article has substantial historical
Can I do it legally? I can't see any explicit clauses in
copyright legislation that would exclude illegal publications
from copyright protection, but it is the sort of thing that
might have come up in court cases.
Any pointers would be appreciated.
In which country was it pubished?
In Palestine, then under a Mandate from the League
of Nations. So the legal regime at the time has also
been long ago terminated. The copyright regulations
of the time would have been inherited from the
Ottoman empire, unless the British administration
specifically changed them.
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