Hitler, Copyright And Fair Use
from the historical-lessons-censored-by-copyright dept
Wired News is running a fascinating article about an editor at the Guardian newspaper who, while flipping through old articles of Homes and Gardens magazine (owned by Time Warner) discovered a positively glowing article from 1938 talking about Hitler's mountain retreat in Bavaria. The guy who found it, Simon Waldman, scanned it and posted it to his blog, pointing out how it's instructive that "someone who can seem utterly abhorrent with hindsight can appeal to people at the time." He then contacted the publisher of Homes & Gardens to see if they knew about it - and received a response that they were "concerned" that he had violated their copyright and demanded that he take the scan down. Of course, as with any such demand, the article is now getting passed all over the internet, and is pretty permanently in the public record. This attempt at enforcing copyright protection to cover up a document of historic interest seems particularly absurd. Apparently, not only is history written by the victors, it's copyrighted as well.