Surely copyright adheres to individual works? If a book was
published in the US, US copyright rules apply to it. If it was
published in the UK, then UK rules apply. It sounds as though the
author's longevity is relevant to the copyright of works
published in the UK in a way that it is not to books published
in the US, at least before a certain date.
So if Borneo has a 200-year copyright rule, then any works
published in Borneo could not be offered on the Internet before
its author had been dead for 200 years, but if the same author
from Borneo publishes a book in New York that book would be
subject to US copyright rules and could appear on the Internet
even before the author's demise, if the copyright for that work
was calculated from date of publication.
International puiblishing agreements do provide that certain
works are not to be published or even sold in certain editions in
certain countries -- paperbacks in Canada sometimes used to have
a notice "Not for sale in the UK" or "not for sale in the US",
and I have a Penguin in front of me which has prices printed on
the cover for the UK and for Canada but not for the US. But as Mr
Peterson says, he is not publishing for profit, so I should not
imagine that there was any infringement there either.
More power to your page, Mr. Peterson!
[||] Philippa MW Matheson The AMPHORAS Project
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