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LinuxMall.com: The Neo-Industrial Revolution: Project Gutenberg

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converting Public Domain books to e-text, freely available for
public use, ever since.”

“Literary works are not the only e-text available through
Project Gutenberg. A draft of the Human Genome Project’s nucleotide
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“Another one of those “copyright hassles” is the loss of
approximately one million books to Public Domain to the “Sonny Bono
Copyright Term Extension Act” enacted by Congress in 1998. Project
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the Public Domain. The Copyright Act extended the length of time
for the entry of a copyrighted work into Public Domain from 28
years after initial publication to 50 years beyond the life of the
author.”

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