[Foundation-l] Re: Copyright of Vatican stuff

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Thu Jan 26 07:07:50 UTC 2006

The link to the 1978 decree makes me wonder because both of these were 
issued about a month after these popes came to power.  Were there 
similar decrees in relation to the previous popes?  Perhaps not for John 
Paul I because of his short reign, but certainly for the three popes 
before him.  Pius XI might be a different matter since he did not have 
temporal power in 1922.  I suspect that this activity may be nothing 
more than a routine decree showing that the pope has abandoned his 
personal rights in favour of the church.


valdelli at bluemail.ch wrote:

>Here the decree:
>with this notice:
>There is no references to 50 years period or retroaction.
>Ok, but there is this another decree issued in the 1978!!!
>The decree of Benedetto XVI draws on the oldest 1978's decree which safeguard
>the works of Giovanni Paolo II and generally of members of Vatican:
>"...the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, in his capacity as official publisher
>of the Holy See, over the traditional obligation to safeguard written texts
>and speeches of the sovereign Pontiffs and the publications concerning Acts
>of the Holy See, has received the assignment of protect also the written
>ones of Cardinal Karol Wojtyla.
>Cannot be made publications, translations or reproductions in whichever graphical
>or phonical typology of Its written texts and speeches without the explicit
>authorization of the aforesaid Libreria Editrice Vaticana, following the
>international agreements and the laws on the Copyrights... (L'O.R. 27-28
>Novembre 1978)".
>In this case the decree of previous may don't say anything about the copyright
>on the Joannis Paulus II, but there was already another decree, the new decree
>seems to be a confirmation.  
>But it's better to ask.
>>-- Messaggio originale --
>>To: foundation-l at wikimedia.org
>>From: Anthere <anthere9 at yahoo.com>
>>Date: Wed, 25 Jan 2006 22:09:48 +0100
>>Subject: [Foundation-l] Re: Copyright of Vatican stuff
>>Reply-To: Wikimedia Foundation Mailing List <foundation-l at wikimedia.org>
>>here it says
>>The edict covers Pope Benedict XVI?s first encyclical, which is to be 
>>issued this week amid huge international interest. The edict is 
>>retroactive, covering not only the writings of the present pontiff ? as
>>Pope and as cardinal ? but also those of his predecessors over the past
>>50 years. It therefore includes anything written by John Paul II, John 
>>Paul I, Paul VI and John XXIII.

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