[Foundation-l] The copyright question: What would Gandhi do?

Ray Saintonge saintonge at telus.net
Wed Oct 12 22:06:53 UTC 2011

On 10/12/11 11:39 AM, Achal Prabhala wrote:
> A friend of mine in South Africa, Isabel Hofmeyr, passed on this image
> of the first page of the first edition of the English translation of
> Gandhi's "Hind Swaraj" - or "Indian Home Rule" in translation. (Hind
> Swaraj was the blueprint for India's freedom movement).
> The book was published in South Africa in 1909, and is rarely available.
> Isabel was able to see it courtesy Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie, who owns a copy.
> And the copyright legend on this front page?
> It reads: "No rights reserved"
> Isabel and Uma kindly offered to donate the image to Commons, and you
> can see it here:
> http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gandhi-Home-Rule-First-Edition-1909.jpg
> Finally, an answer to the great copyright question that has never been
> asked: "What would Gandhi do?" :)
A copy of the 1921 G. A. Natesen printing from Madras is available on 
Internet Archives.  It includes a new foreword.


Is the Gujarati original available anywhere?  Not that I would be able 
to do anything with it, but there is always a benefit to having such 
versions for those who would prefer alternative translations.

What Gandhi would do is of no concern to a copyright troll looking to 
make a buck. :-)


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