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April 20th, 2004
11:09 pm


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Books to the Brits!
I've had occasion to re-read the Israeli Copyright Law today.

Apparently, the British Copyright Act of 1911, which is to this day the basis (with alterations, yes) of the Israeli Copyright Law, decrees that, if asked to do so, any publisher of any book must send copies of the book to the Bodleian Library at Oxford, to the Cambridge University Library, to the Edinburgh Law Faculty Library, to the library of Trinity College in Dublin, and to the Wales National Library.

Oddly, unlike other irrelevant sections of the law, this one is not followed by the parenthetical comment "does not apply in Israel" in the Israeli version of the law. Neat!

Current Mood: amused
Current Music: Frank Zappa -- You're Probably Wondering Why I'm Here

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Date:April 20th, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC)
Is there any limit on how late after publication the demand for a copy may be made? What are the penalties for non-compliance?
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Date:April 20th, 2004 09:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, twelve months after publication. I don't remember the penalty.
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Date:April 21st, 2004 05:55 am (UTC)

And this is the result

Urgent message from the Bodleian

From: Bench
To: Keshet Publishers
Subject: The Heiress

Dear Keshet Publishers,

We note with distress that you have not yet supplied us with a copy of The Heiress by Ram Oren as required by law. How many times must we ask this of you?

Look, as you know the Head Librarian here really has a passion for the chap and it would be jolly if we could get the damned book to his desk by the end of Trinity like you promised in your last letter. Come on!
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Date:April 21st, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)


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