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'Mein Kampf' to be Republished in Germany

Hugh Pickens writes (1984118) writes | more than 2 years ago

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "Jacob Heilbrunn reports in The Atlantic that Germany is taking a new step toward what is often called "normalization" as the state of Bavaria has announced that in 2015 it will publish Hitler's Mein Kampf, banned in Germany since World War II. In announcing the publication of the book, Bavarian finance minister Markus Soeder says that he wants to contribute to the "demystification" of it. In 2015, the Bavarian state's copyright to the book will expire and the idea is to publish a scholarly version that will help stem its appeal for commercial publishers. The book is not banned by law in Germany, but Bavaria has used ownership of the copyright to prevent publication of German editions since 1945. Copyright restrictions stop at the end of 2015, 70 years after Hitler's death. By publishing in 2015 before the expiry of the copyright, Bavaria hopes to make future German editions as "commercially unattractive" as possible. "We want to make clear what nonsense is in there," says Soeder and to show "what a worldwide catastrophe this dangerous body of thought led to"."

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needed to be open sourced (1)

harvey the nerd (582806) | more than 2 years ago | (#39805083)

We should have seized the copyright in 1945, open sourced even earlier for international copies. Hitler could have had a fit over his royalties. Don't blame the book, the real problem was accumulating State powers and a psychopathic personality who could exploit the power and the people. The US is positioning itself similarly.
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