[WikiEN-l] Copyright question - illegal publications

Fred Bauder fredbaud at ctelco.net
Wed May 10 12:27:17 UTC 2006

While there is an author and the "heirs and assigns"  (a debtor for  
example) of an organization which may have legal claims there is  
miniscule chance that any of them would come forth. I know of no  
clause which excludes illegal publications from copyright protection.  
If the article has substantial historical importance it would fall  
under fair use.


On May 9, 2006, at 8:04 PM, zero 0000 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
> importance.
> 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.
> Thanks, Zero.
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