The Government of Tamil Nadu has declared all books that have been
nationalized so far and all books that will be nationalized in future will
be released under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication
license <https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/>, when their
copyright has not already expired according to  Indian Copyright Act, 1957
and Indian Copyright Rules, 1958.

Nationalization of books written by eminent people who have worked for the
development of Tamil language and society is a pioneering scheme by Tamil
Nadu Government where copyright is acquired following due procedure and the
books are declared nationalized for public usage.

The Government of Tamil Nadu first acquired rights for the works of
Poet Subramania
Bharathi <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subramania_Bharati> in 1949 and
announced his works as nationalized in 1963. Since then it has nationalized
2000+ works written by 100+ authors.

In order to make these books fully available for public usage globally, it
is essential that these books are available under a free content license.

An official letter announcing this can be seen at


This announcement was made possible owing to the collaboration between
Tamil Virtual Academy, Global Tamil Wikimedia Community and Wikimedia India.


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