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General Book Uploads Posting Guidelines
#1  HarryT 04-11-2007, 10:17 AM
This post summarises the guidelines for posting to this forum section. If we all follow them, it'll make life a lot easier. If you have any comments or suggestions for changes, please feel free to make them.

0. MobileRead follows the life+70 copyright rule.

1. This forum section is for book uploads only, the only exceptions being contributions to the "Sticky" topics at the start of the forum. Any message thread that is not an upload will be moved elsewhere or deleted, as the moderators deem appropriate.

2. When you upload, you must use a message subject of the form:

Author_surname, Author_firstname (or initials): Book_title. Version. Posting Date

Eg:

Wells, H.G.: The War of the Worlds. v1. 11 Apr 2007

The reason for this is that the thread title is automatically "parsed" to generate the index of eBooks.

3. Please attach your book to the first message in the thread. If you subsequently revise it, edit the first message and re-attach the revised book there, adding a message to the end of the thread to note that you've done so, and saying what the changes are.

4. If you are considering creating a particular eBook, please check before you start whether or not that book has already been uploaded to MobileRead (this can be done by clicking the "E-Books" link on the blue bar near the top of the screen, selecting the "Browse Latest Uploads" option, then selecting the "Search E-Books" link and entering either the title or the author into the search box). If you find that the book has already been uploaded, you are very welcome to upload a new version provided that it "adds" something different to the version already present - this might be a better layout, a new format, significant proof-reading and correction, proper dashes or "curly quotes", for example. If this is the case, when you upload your new version, please add a link to the earlier version (or simply say who the uploader was), and state in the description of your book how it differs from the earlier version.

5. Please respect copyrights, and don't post (or request) anything that's not in the public domain (life+70) without the clear advance permission of the copyright holder. Any material that clearly infringes copyright will immediately be deleted. Please immediately report any upload if you believe that it violates copyright. (Use the [!] report button.)

6. Uploads here should add some notable "value" to a PG (or whatever) original (for example: nice reformatting, artwork, a TOC, footnotes, etc etc). There's really no point in posting here something which which a poster can get from the original source in two minutes.

7. Helpful hints: When uploading a text, mentioning the sources and edition you have used and which edition you have uploaded is always appreciated. We also recommend that you state in the summation and in a preface within your edition any changes you have made to the text, for example:Readers have preferences concerning these matters, and they appreciate editors who are forthcoming about such changes.

Thanks!

Editor's Note: copied to the general Uploads Help section so that the info is available where folks will likely look first, made adjustments (without deleting anything) so that it's more suited to general uploads
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#2  HarryT 05-08-2007, 07:38 AM
What is in the "Public Domain?

For the purposes of MobileRead, only works where the author has been dead for 70 or more years are in the public domain. Currently (in 2019), that's works where the author (and translator or illustrator if applicable) died before 1949.

As you might expect, the legal definition is somewhat complicated, and it depends on where you are in the world - different countries have different copyright lengths.

In most of the world things enter the public domain (PD) a certain number of years after the death of the author. In most countries that number is 70 years, in a few (eg Canada) it's 50. That means that, for example, all works of authors who died prior to 1949 are currently (in 2019) PD in Europe; prior to 1969 in Canada, and that advances, year by year, as you would expect it to.

In the US, the rules are rather more complicated, but assuming the work was first published with a valid copyright notice in the US:

- Anything published 95 years or more before the present is PD (currently before 1924)
- Anything published before 1964 for which copyright was NOT specifically renewed, is PD.

The net result of this is that some stuff is in the PD in the US, but not elsewhere (early works of authors who had LONG lives - eg Agatha Christie), and a LOT of stuff is PD outside the US but not in the US (works of authors published after 1923 who died before 1949/1969).
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#3  Jellby 01-31-2008, 12:39 PM
What about languages? Are languages other than English allowed/welcome? Shouldn't the language be made explicit in the thread title?
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#4  HarryT 01-31-2008, 12:52 PM
Any language is welcome! If it's not English, please specify in the thread title.
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#5  conanfan 02-25-2008, 10:49 PM
What about things that are publicly available for a period of time? For instance, the public version of the Nebula Awards website (http://www.sfwa.org/awards/2008/NebFinal2007.html) contains links to freely viewable works that have been nominated for the 2008 Nebula Award. I have converted these into an ebook for my personal use, but I'm not sure that I can post it here.
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#6  HarryT 02-26-2008, 03:30 AM
Quote conanfan
What about things that are publicly available for a period of time? For instance, the public version of the Nebula Awards website (http://www.sfwa.org/awards/2008/NebFinal2007.html) contains links to freely viewable works that have been nominated for the 2008 Nebula Award. I have converted these into an ebook for my personal use, but I'm not sure that I can post it here.
Copyrighted material which is freely downloadable from a particular place must not be reposted without the copyright holder's permission. Very often the owner of the material will wish to retain direct control over its distribution, and won't want it making available elsewhere.
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#7  mrmikel 05-05-2008, 04:42 PM
I have been looking over the material at www.archive.org and much of the material in the universal library is NOT public domain in the U. S. Unfortunately only copyright actions from 1978 on are online and for the earlier ones you have to go in person to the copyright office in Washington DC!

However, for those books published between 1950 and 1964 which might be public domain you can check

http://cocatalog.loc.gov/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?DB=local&PAGE=First

to see if copyright was renewed.

My experience was that everything that really interested me had its copyright renewed.
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#8  The Old Man 06-04-2008, 05:01 PM
I have converted a file from the e-Sword Bible program (a Topic Note file) that was converted from several html files freely available on the web.
The book is "Judah's Sceptre and Joseph's Birthright" published first in 1902 by J. H. Allan.

The web page contains no notice of a copyright. I have the hardcover book published by Destiny Publishers that contains no copyright notice and whose web page is 2 years old.

This is a fascinating account of the "lost" ten tribes of Israel and makes great reading whether you think it history or myth.
Can I upload the lrf book?
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#9  HarryT 06-05-2008, 06:48 AM
I'm afraid that it's your responsibility to ascertain whether or not what you have is in the public domain. It would be a lot clearer if you had used the original HTML sources, rather than extracting them from the "e-Sword Bible program" that you mention. All I can really suggest is that you contact the authors of this program, and ask them whether they have any objections to your redistribution of material from their program.
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#10  The Old Man 06-05-2008, 01:44 PM
Quote HarryT
I'm afraid that it's your responsibility to ascertain whether or not what you have is in the public domain. It would be a lot clearer if you had used the original HTML sources, rather than extracting them from the "e-Sword Bible program" that you mention. All I can really suggest is that you contact the authors of this program, and ask them whether they have any objections to your redistribution of material from their program.
Thanks for the reply. I guess I didn't make myself clear. The file from the e-Sword program is not part of that program and the author of e-Sword has no interest in that file, it simply works under his program as do many other Bible translations, commentaries, dictionaries and other historical writings. This would be similar to someone writing their own recipe for calibre and using it within that program. Kovid has no interest in the recipe other than someone may send it to him and he may choose to use it or not.

I can find no copyright notice on the web page with the book, no copyright notice in the hard-cover book and no copyright notice listed in the e-Sword file. I suspect someone just converted the web page to the e-Sword file.

In any case I will think about it, search a bit more for info on that 1902 work and PERHAPS upload it with the conditions on copyright mentioned in my upload post. From what I have seen so far it is in public domain but this small publisher grabbed the work and produced the hard cover that I bought. Similar to folks printing the KJV Bible. Unless they add their own commentary or something special it is not under copyright. I suspect Tyndale and Cloverleaf do not object
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