Very good letter, but please Ray, don't end it the way you do :)
It is kind of provocative, don't you think so ?
Don't you folks feel like we're getting more and more stuff like this
these days ?
Le 27 mai 05 à 05:06, Ray Saintonge a écrit :
Dear Mr. Tanter:
You may be pleased to know that Emily Dickinson died in 1886.
What determines the copyright on a work of literature is the date
of original publication. The fact that Harvard University
republished some of her poems in 1955 would not give them any
copyrights in the poems themselves unless perhaps they included
poems that had not been previously published such as in the 1924
edition of her complete works published by Little, Brown and Co.
We note too that Harvard would have copyrights to any prefaces,
introductions, indexes, and editorial notes that may have
accompanied their edition. We sincerely hope that you have not
found such materials in our files. We also sincerely hope that our
presentation does not infringe on the arrangement and selection
process which Harvard undertook, although I would think that the
term "complete" attached to the 1924 edition would be self-
I also trust that you have also reviewed the files of the
Copyright Office of the Library of Congress to verify that whatever
copyrights Harvard may have had were properly renewed in or about
I am not personally an Emily Dickinson scholar, nor was I a
party to the posting of these poems. That certainly puts me at a
disadvantage in the face of someone such as you, whose scholarship
is evidently more familiar with that corpus of works. That being
said, we look forward to your response identifying precisely which
poems are identical copies of the Harvard poems without being
identical to those found in any earlier edition. We would be glad
to make any adjustment to ensure that our version of the poems
conforms to the earlier version.
Should this response not be satisfactory, and you believe that
the material should be the subject of a take down order, please
note that such an order requires that you indicate a statement of
your legal standing in this matter in relation to either Miss
Dickinson or Harvard University.
Yours very truly,
a Wikisource editor
I'm forwarding this to Foundation-l since
Wikisource has no list of
its own yet. Is anyone able to help with this issue or provide
comments on it please?
---- Forwarded message from tanter <tanter(a)tarleton.edu> ----
Date: From: tanter
Cc: Reply-To: Subject: [Ticket#: 126217-FW] Emily Dickinson poems
> Hello. On your site, you have posted poems by Emily Dickinson at
. You need to
> be aware
> that these poems are NOT in the public domain. Harvard
> University owns the copyright to all of Emily Dickinson's poems
> published in the 1955 and
> later editions of her poetry. The editions from the 1890s are
> public domain
> but the ones you seem to have posted are from the Harvard
> edition. I haven't had
> time to go through them all, but I suggest you have an editor
> review this
> because you may be violating copyright.
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