16 July 2005

The Web remembers

Sat down to read a chapter or two of an old favourite (in the form of a hardcover library discard), got curious and searched on a short but reasonably unique string from it. Viola, three copies on line (that Google knows about).

What is the copyright status of this work in Australia? It was copyrighted in 1966 and first published in Great Britain in 1967, but all of the Australian references I can find speak of the Copyright Act of 1968, which provides for 50 years past the date of the author’s demise – a ridiculously long time to start with – or the AUSFTA amendments, which make it demise+70 years. What Act was in force at the time of publication, and what did it say?

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