Wikimedia removes Dutch Anne Frank because DMCA law

Feb

12

2016

The Wikimedia Foundation has removed the Dutch version of the diary of Anne Frank on their own initiative from its servers because the text is still under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The text will remain copyrighted until 2042 in the US.

The Wikimedia Foundation has received a takedown request but is itself the conclusion reached that violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The organization falls under US jurisdiction, partly because the servers are on American soil, and published The Secret knowingly at Wikisource . According to the DMCA remains rest 95 years from the date of publication copyright to works published before 1978.

“The removal is an example of why the law should be adjusted to avoid repeated extension of copyright terms, a problem that our communities for years bothering” the foundation wrote. About copyright on The Secret is too much Europe do . The copyright of texts is according to European regulations seventy years on the death of the writer. As Anne Frank died in 1945 in Bergen-Belsen, the text according to a French researcher from January 1 this year would be freely allowed to be put online.

The Anne Frank Fonds, a Swiss foundation, founded in 1963 by Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, denies however that copyright has expired because Otto Frank would have co-authored the book.

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