Friday, June 5, 2009

Copyright Protection for the Right Reasons

Via MobyLives:

A Polish publisher who published extracts of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf without the permission of the copyright holder—the German state of Bavaria—has been convicted of copyright infringement and sentenced to three months in prison and a fine of €2,271 ($3,178).
According to an Agence France Presse wire report, Bavaria “keeps a close guard on the book’s copright in an effort to smother attempts to rehabilitate Nazism and have regularly brought cases against publishers.”

1 comment:

mike mitchell said...

Odd. Especially since you can walk into any bookstore or public library and pick up a copy of Mein Kampf, at least in the US....although why anyone would want to is beyond me, it's unreadable. I understand the rationale behind this but 3 months in prison for publishing excerpts from any book, no matter how offensive, seems a bit harsh.