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Wikimedia Foundation Removes The Diary of Anne Frank Due to Copyright Law
The Wikimedia Foundation has removed the Dutch version of The Diary of Anne Frank due to copyright law requirements. As stated by Wikimedia’s legal counsel, Jacob Rogers, “You may wonder why or how the Anne Frank text is copyrighted at all, as Anne Frank died in February 1945. With 70 years having passed since her death, the text may have passed into public domain in the Netherlands on January 1, 2016, where it was first published, although there is still some dispute about this. However, in the United States, the Anne Frank original text will be under copyright until 2042. This is the result of several factors coming together, and the English-language Wikipedia has actually covered this issue with a multi-part test on its non-US copyrights content guideline.” Read the whole article by Jacob Rogers.
World Intellectual Property Day April 26
Each year on April 26th, the World Intellectual Property Organization promotes a day dedicated to intellectual property. It’s a great day to educate others about copyright, create a poem, have an exhibit, hold a copyright seminar. Take a look at the WIPO site for some fabulous ideas of things to do to promote intellectual property, especially copyright materials! See more about World IP Day.
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