Talk:An Autobiography or The Story of my Experiments with Truth

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This work might not be formerly in the public domain, but it is widely copied on the Internet, and AFAIK, the Indian publisher do not mind it. Yann 09:44, 24 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I have found it on several places, including:

Copyvio ?[edit]

I didn't clear this one because it was added by an admin, but it was published in 1927 and 1929, and thus doesn't appear to be in the public domain in the US. See Talk:An_Autobiography_or_The_Story_of_my_Experiments_with_Truth; the uploader says that it might not be public domain but that it's commonly reproduced elsewhere. Meanwhile, the page itself says "This work is in the public domain in India", commented out at the top. Not sure what to do about this one. --Spangineerwp (háblame) 22:01, 25 July 2006 (UTC)

As mentioned in the talk page, the copyright owner (Navajivan Trust, Ashram Road, Ahmedabad - 380014, India) doesn't enforce its copyright. It doesn't care about it. While in Ahmedabad, I asked them permission for translating some of Gandhi's works, they said "Why do you ask? Just do it!" For me, it's like they release the works under a free licence or in the public domain. So I think we shouldn't enforce copyright when the owner itself doesn't. Yann 12:36, 26 July 2006 (UTC)
Interesting. The message on the talk page doesn't come across with as much confidence as you do now (for example, "AFAIK, the Indian publisher do not mind it"), so that's why I posted here. Anyway, I guess it would be a pretty big switch for them to suddenly want to sue us for copyright infringement. However, is it possible to contact them and get them to explicitly release the work? --Spangineerwp (háblame) 13:04, 26 July 2006 (UTC)
The postal address is above, but right now, their web site is not available (http://www.navajivantrust.org/). I found a mail on [1]. Mail sent. Yann 11:45, 28 July 2006 (UTC)
The Book is in public domain in India. In fact, the publishers lament that there may not be many takers for the book given the modern Indian society's current favorable disposition with material things, something which Mahatma Gandhi, through this book, forcefully preached as evil. The complete book is scanned and available on [2]. Wikisource should have no hesitation in reinstating the work on its pages. EyeMD 15:41, 31 July 2006 (UTC)
If the publishers indeed lament that the work has not achieved greater distribution, they'll have no problem releasing it into the public domain in all jurisdictions. It's better to get that assurance first, rather than speculate on their wishes. --Spangineerwp (háblame) 16:54, 31 July 2006 (UTC)
If you wish I can volunteer to go to Navjeevan Trust and ask for their permission. I am based in Ahemdabad. But then I don't know exactly how to do that. Is there any template/license letter for that which I can get signed.

This work's copyright was restored in the U.S. by the Uruguay Round Agreement Act. It has the privileges of U.S. copyright until the Act is overruled by a U.S. court or 2022 and 2024 for the respective volumes. The work was apparently available on Project Gutenberg until it was pulled when the Act took effect in 1995. The possible copyright violations discussion took place in October 2009 and should be available in that month's archives. ResScholar (talk) 06:05, 27 October 2009 (UTC)

I guess that a translation will be considered a work for hire, won't it?
Leaving the Hindi translation aside, what about the original Gujarati work? I'm afraid it's still under copyright (in countries with term of life + 70 years, Gandhi will enter in the public domain in 2019). --Ousia (talk) 18:33, 15 March 2013 (UTC)