This is a key milestone, Ravi. Glad to hear it has materialised. Kudos to
everyone who has worked for it.
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On Wed, 13 Jan, 2016 at 4:29 pm, Ravishankar
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, 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 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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