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1.0 out of 5 stars Probably Copyright Infringement, 11 May 2014
This review is from: The Harry Harrison Megapack: 12 Classics of Science Fiction, including ROBOT JUSTICE, DEATHWORLD, and DEATHWORLD II (Kindle Edition)
These stories are all available for free at gutenberg.org, since they're out of copyright in the US. However, they are not out of copyright in the EU, and Wildside should not be selling them in the EU, specifically the UK.

[EDIT: Unless, as others have pointed out, they have permission from Harry Harrison's Literary estate to do so.]
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Initial post: 14 May 2014 00:56:33 BDT
Not sure how this copyright business works...If Wildside have licensed the stories (if...), then surely they can sell this? Or do you have more information? Anyway I bought it.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2014 15:45:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 May 2014 15:45:49 BDT
I do not understand.If it is not out of copyright in the EU then Wildside are perfectly entitled to sell it and pay the copyrights.
What's the problem?

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2014 19:26:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 May 2014 19:29:23 BDT
Paul Durrant says:
If Wideside do indeed have a contract with Harry Harrison's literary estate to sell this collection, then they do, of course, have the right to sell it.

But except in very limited circumstances, publishers may not just decide to publish someone's copyright works and then "pay the copyrights". There is no set scale of fees, nor any general permissions granted to publishers.

[Edit: I have updated my review to reflect this tiny possibility.]

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2014 12:54:25 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 May 2014 12:55:14 BDT
Thanks for that,Paul. Interesting.
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