Would like feedback about a "Hybrid" book
#1  GrannyGrump 09-11-2019, 05:06 AM
Throwing this question out for feedback ---

I wanted to rehab and upload to the MR Library a book of Aesop's Fables that was illustrated by the great Arthur Rackham.

Unfortunately, the translation that was used for the "Rackham" edition is probably still under copyright for "Life+70" --- (V.S. Vernon-Jones, probably 1875-1955, biographical data is almost non-existent, and hard to verify.)

So, because I really want to use the Rackham illustrations, I considered using text from another translator, which would have to be the George F. Townsend (1814-1900) translation from 1882. Text is a bit more flowery and dated than the Vernon-Jones translation.

So what is your opinion? Is it total heresy to marry the illustrations to a different text?

Would you read a book which had been assembled in this fashion?

Or would your indignation-meter redline?

(of course, I would add a clear explanatory note on the forum post, and within the book.)

Please share your opinion!

#2  issybird 09-11-2019, 06:17 AM
It sounds delightful to me. Who wouldn't want the Rackham illustrations?

Love your books, Granny!

#3  GrannyGrump 09-11-2019, 06:25 AM
Thank you for the opinion.

And thank you much for the compliment!

#4  AlexBell 09-11-2019, 06:28 AM
I don't see any problem at all, given that you will be giving a statement specifying the source of the illustrations and the source of the text, and that they are different.

I look forward to downloading and reading it.

#5  GrannyGrump 09-11-2019, 06:32 AM
Thank you, Alex.
Hey, we are building a majority consensus here!

#6  JSWolf 09-11-2019, 07:54 AM
I say go for it.

#7  doubleshuffle 09-11-2019, 08:02 AM
+1. Love Rackham.

#8  DiapDealer 09-11-2019, 09:12 AM
My indignation meter didn't even twitch.

#9  fjtorres 09-11-2019, 09:15 AM
You are safe in the US because of Fair Use.
Both images and text are PD and the use is transformative but it is safer if you don't replicate the exact formatting and layout of the copyrighted book.

This may not be the case outside the US, where Fair Use is not often a defense.
To be safest, check the indicia.

Depending on date, even the newer book might be PD if it falls within the old US renewal regime.

#10  issybird 09-11-2019, 11:00 AM
Quote fjtorres
Depending on date, even the newer book might be PD if it falls within the old US renewal regime.
Irrelevant for MobileRead library purposes, where the standard is Life+70.

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