Thank you, Sandra.

So long as a court has not ruled, it is important to not give up without a
fight.

  A.

On Tue, Feb 16, 2016 at 7:22 AM, Sandra Rientjes - Wikimedia Nederland <
rient...@wikimedia.nl> wrote:

> The situation concerning the copyright on Anne Frank's writings is quite
> complex - and it is not just US copyright which is causing problems.
>
> There appears to be some consensus that the Dutch text of the diary as
> first published in 1947 is now in the public domain in the Netherlands. But
> writings by Anne first published in 1986 remain under copyright until 2036.
>
> However, the current holder of the copyright, the Anne Frank Fund in
> Switzerland, is claiming that  Anne's father should be considered a
> co-author of the original diary. This would extend copyright until 2050, 70
> years after his death. Some experts in copyright-law feel this could be a
> valid argument, but the claim has sofar not been confirmed by any court.
> Experts on the writings of Anne Frank tend to dismiss it. Still, the
>  National Library of the Netherlands has already removed the text of the
> diary from their digital library
> <http://www.dbnl.org/tekst/fran034acht01_01/> at the request of the Anne
> Frank Fund.
>
> Wikimedia Nederland is exploring what can be done to keep this very
> important book in the public domain.
>
> Sandra Rientjes
> Directeur/Executive Director Wikimedia Nederland
>
> tel.    (+31) (0)30 3200238
> mob. (+31) (0)6 31786379
>
> www.wikimedia.nl
>
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> 2016-02-16 15:43 GMT+01:00 Michael Maggs <mich...@maggs.name>:
>
> > I haven't seen any mention on this list of this recent news:
> >
> > This year The Diary of Anne Frank entered into the public domain in the
> > Netherlands, allowing millions of people around the world to read it for
> > free.
> > However, under U.S. law the book remains copyrighted, which prompted the
> > Wikimedia Foundation to remove a copy of the book from its servers, under
> > protest.
> >
> > It's worth noting, if only to increase awareness of the excessive length
> > (95 years) of some US copyright terms.
> >
> > Some people outside the Wiki world have noticed: see blog post here:
> >
> https://torrentfreak.com/u-s-copyright-law-forces-wikimedia-to-remove-public-domain-anne-frank-diary-160211/
> >
> > Michael
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