[Marxism] Steal This E-Book? : The New Yorker

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue May 6 07:59:54 MDT 2014

Marx died in 1883. Last month, the problem he described reappeared in 
digital form. The volunteers who manage the Marxists Internet Archive, a 
free online repository of Marxist writing from the nineteenth and 
twentieth centuries, received a letter from Lawrence & Wishart, a London 
publishing house, asking them to remove several hundred early texts by 
Marx and Engels from their site. Lawrence & Wishart has partial 
ownership of the rights to the only complete English translation of the 
Marx & Engels Collected Works, a set of fifty volumes representing a 
thirty-year effort by translators. The copyright is shared with 
International Publishers, based in New York, and a long-defunct Soviet 
publishing house called Progress Press.


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