Thursday, June 18, 2015
Mein Kampf Copyright Expires This Year
Hitler died 70 years ago, in 1945. The term of copyright under German copyright law expires 70 years following the author's death. And since copyright terms run to the end of the year of termination, the copyright to Mein Kampf will pass into the public domain by the end of this year. The Bavarian State has used German copyright law to inhibit the distribution of Hitler's and Nazi writings. But copyright law will no longer be availing next year and Mein Kampf can be freely copied. The bigger question is, why?