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dedications of The Online Books Page. The statements here
are subject to the scope details at the bottom
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This site is edited by John Mark Ockerbloom, who began the site
in 1993. Versions of this site from 2003 through the present,
except for metadata described below, are copyright by John Mark Ockerbloom.
Contact the editor for permissions and questions on material not
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and the Directory of Open Access Journals.
We have modified some of their data with automated scripts
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(As of May 2016, Gutenberg's catalog is distributed under the
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Old Versions of the site in the Public Domain
The copyrights for versions of this site from 1993 through 2002 are dedicated
to the public domain, as of January 1, 2017.
This is a complete, and irrevocable,
dedication of those copyrights.
This dedication is in honor of the founders of the United States
government, who originally specified a copyright term of 14 years,
optionally renewable for another 14. As I am an advocate of shorter
terms of copyright than exist today, I am happy to use those original terms
for this site (and forgo the "renewal term" in this case).
I intend to keep
dedicating an additional year's worth of copyrights of versions of this site
to the public domain at the start of every new year.
Pre-2003 versions of the site at its Carnegie Mellon and Penn locations can be found
at the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.
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