[PGCanada] An Immodest Proposal

Jen Zed jenzed at gmail.com
Sun Mar 20 09:41:29 PST 2005

On Sat, 19 Mar 2005 21:02:21 +0100, Carlo Traverso <traverso at dm.unipi.it> wrote:
> >>>>> "Jen" == Jen Zed <jenzed at gmail.com> writes:
>     Jen> It would be good
>     Jen> if some of those books were only available from PG-Canada.
> This is impossible: if PG-CAN is truly PG, they can be posted at least
> at other life+50 PG, e.g. GP-Europa, that is in Serbia, and is
> starting now. 

Okay, time to admit that legal stuff makes my eyes glaze over. So I've
just gone back to the mailing list archives and read the threads about
DP-EU, Serbia, and life+50. Are these statements true?

1. Serbia, where PG-EU is currently hosted, copyright is life+50, but
under pressure to harmonize to Europe's life+70. If Serbia changes to
life+70, their life+50 books will need a new home in a life+50
country. Currently, there is no other PG in a life+50 country.

2. In Canada, copyright is life+50. Similar to PG-EU, if we had
life+50 book on the site and the copyright laws were changed to extend
the term, we'd need to move those books to a site hosted in a life+50

3. Various other countries (Chile, Iceland, Japan, South Korea, New
Zealand, etc) have life+50 copyright laws, so a life+50 PG could be
hosted in those countries as well.

What I'm wondering is that given that we could publish on PG-EU
anything we could publish on PG-CA, what's the reason for building

  - because it might help bulwark against extensions to Canada's copyright law?
  - because it would provide a home to PG-EU life+50 books should Serbian 
    copyright laws change, and allow the continuation of work on life+50 books?
  - because it provides the opportunity to implement a second-generation PG 


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