[A2k] #readannediary - How copyright keeps us from reading Anne Frank’s diary

Denise Nicholson Denise.Nicholson at wits.ac.za
Tue Apr 26 05:44:37 PDT 2016

Maybe Mark Twain had a point "Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet".


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From: Natalia Mileszyk [mailto:nmileszyk at centrumcyfrowe.pl] 
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Subject: [A2k] #readannediary - How copyright keeps us from reading Anne Frank’s diary

Today, on Tuesday 26 April, World Intellectual Property Day, the original, Dutch-language version of ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’ was published online at annefrank.centrumcyfrowe.pl. However, this publication is only available in Poland as Anne Frank’s original writings are still protected by copyright in most member states of the European Union. With this publication of the original version of the diary Centrum Cyfrowe, Kennisland and the COMMUNIA International Association on the Public Domain seek to highlight the absurdly long duration of copyright in the EU, as well as the fact that, contrary to general assumptions, the duration of copyright is still not harmonised across the EU and the troubling fact of geo-blocking which creates boundaries online.

If you want to be able to freely access The Diary of Anne Frank, we need your help. Share your thoughts, views, and concerns using the social media hashtag #ReadAnneDiary. Let’s get the word out about why we all should be able to read and cherish this significant literary work.

Natalia Mileszyk
Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt: Polska
public policy expert
(+48) 668-440-136

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