Anne Frank’s Diary Incites New Debate Over Copyright Issues
Remember how Anne Frank’s daily documents were kept secret after she was forcefully made to be a victim of one of the most horrifying concentration camps by the Nazis at Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany? Do you also remember what happened to her diary, which later served as one of the most powerful account of atrocities on Jews? The diary with the most memorable name was published by Anne’s father Otto Frank post her death, with the name “The Diary of A Young Girl.”
The remarkable peace written by a 15-year-old Jewish girl is now under scrutiny due to certain legal aspects. Till date the copyright of the work is acclaimed by the Swiss-based Anne Frank Fonds, a foundation that was started by Otto Frank in 1980, just before he passed away.
A reminder notice has been issued by the foundation proclaiming that it intends to be a guardian of the book’s copyrights for upcoming decades; the copyrights will be expiring in January 2016. But, there a question arises and puts the entire writing fraternity to debate about the tenure of the copyright.
The matter lies in the fact that everything is unacceptable in case the copyright for the published material is over, accompanied with rampant and free usage of the work, without any prior information and permission, exclaims the foundation authority.
It has also been reported by The Toronto Global and Mail that the foundation has listed Otto Frank as the co-author of the work which henceforth maintains all copyrights for Frank’s Diary for the next 70 years followed by Otto Frank’s demise.
The entire funding received by the Anne Frank Fonds, is dedicated for charitable purposes. However, their decision regarding the copyright of Anne Frank’s diary raises concerns for travesty in exercise control. Public advocates and copyright experts are taking this as an inappropriate measure.
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