On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 9:55 PM, Vishnu <visdav...@gmail.com> wrote:

>  Dear Ravi,
> On the copyright question AFAIK...  it is the manner in which a certain
> content is expressed (e.g. analyzed, compiled, paginated, represented,
> etc..) the author could claim copyright, as there is a certain basic amount
> of creative labour that went into it. So Govt. of Karnataka could
> rightfully copyright these works, which it has now released under CC-BY-SA
> 3.0. A useful thing to read in this context would be this [1].

As Ravi pointed 11th Century Kannada literature is already public domain .
There is no point in re-licensing it as CC-BY-SA .
Digitization does not create fresh copyright . While thanking Govt for
their efforts to make it available , please dont create fresh copyright on
it . And while looking at details, There was no  point of time  in which
govt of Karanataka had copyright on this content .

This effort is almost in same lines of  Open access initiative of rare
public domain books by Kerala Sahitya academy happened almost same time
last year (http://www.keralasahityaakademi.org/online_library/index.html) .
They havnt claimed any undeserving copyright on these books . SO it is
better if people involved canm correct Govt of Karanataka at this point
itself showing kerala example to avoid further ambiguities surrounding
license .

~ regards
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