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O'Reilly books and the mysterious failure of Founders' Copyrig

Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:32 PM

Several years ago I read about O'reilly adopting Founder's Copyright across their line of computer books. It effectively limited copyright to the originally intended 14 years (or 28 of the copyright was extended). They were doing this in conjunction with Creative Commons, and there was supposed to be a registry that would tell you what books were under founder's copyright and whether the copyright had expired.

Only now I go to the CC "Founders' Copyright" page and it says the program is inactive. What does that mean for the books that were entered into the program? Does anyone know of a way I can tell whether an O'reilly book is still under copyright? Is there a way to tell whether "Learning GNU Emacs" is still under copyright? I'd like a PDF if I could find one.

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Re: O'Reilly books and the mysterious failure of Founders' Copyrig

Posted 06 May 2013 - 05:55 PM

Have you checked out Stallman's manual? Grab it from the FSF - I think it's actually a better manual than the Cameron et al one.

This idea of "founder's copyright" is an interesting one - first I've heard of it. Do you know of any other publishers who took it up?
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Re: O'Reilly books and the mysterious failure of Founders' Copyrig

Posted 06 May 2013 - 10:03 PM

Seems like a pretty comprehensive list here:
http://oreilly.com/openbook/

Seems like a pretty comprehensive list here:
http://oreilly.com/openbook/
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Re: O'Reilly books and the mysterious failure of Founders' Copyrig

Posted 16 May 2013 - 04:02 PM

View Postjon.kiparsky, on 06 May 2013 - 05:55 PM, said:

This idea of "founder's copyright" is an interesting one - first I've heard of it. Do you know of any other publishers who took it up?


It doesn't look like it. I asked on the Creative Commons mailing list and was told that it looks like the "project never really got of the ground, and was retired in favour of applying the more mainstream CC licenses to open books". A shame, that.
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