Eldred Told Not To Hand Out Walden At Walden Pond

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Eric Eldred (of Supreme Court fame) recently went to Walden Pond to hand out free copies of David Thoreau’s “Walden,” which is very much in the public domain these days. He was quickly told to stop because he did not have a permit to hand out free books. The park supervisor claims they told him to leave because handing out free books might interfere with the business prospects of the “Shop at Walden Pond” which sells copies of the book. The executive director of the Thoreau Society, which runs the shop, didn’t seem to mind, and the whole thing is somewhat farcical given the nature of “Walden” anyway.

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