In the future, every author will be in the public domain for 15 minutes
April 29, 2014 3:33 AM Subscribe
posted by Sonny Jim (55 comments total)
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The non-profit digital library of Marxist texts, The Marxist Internet Archive
, has received a copyright take-down request
from the radical publishing house Lawrence and Wishart, asking that all material from the Marx and Engels Collected Works
be removed from the site by May 1 2014.
Reaction to the request has been uniformly negative, with Crooked Timber's Scott McLemee writing that
"the idea that most of [Marx and Engels'] work is going to be removed from the website on May Day is just grotesque." Lawrence and Wishart's defence of their actions
, which calls the criticisms a "campaign of online abuse" motivated by "sectarian concerns" and notes that the works are soon to be licensed for distribution in "the public sphere of the academic library" has not
in winning over
. There is now a petition
against Lawrence and Wishart's actions on change.org.