Sunday, 17 May 2009

Argentina: Horacio Potel and the Derrida translation

Intellectual Property Watch carries an article by Catherine Saez, picked up here by The 1709 Blog, on the criminal prosecution proceedings brought against an Argentinean Professor, Horacio Potel, for making available online a Spanish translation of some of the writings of French deconstructionalist philosopher Jacques Derrida (right). This action raises important issues concerning the extent to which educational use exceptions to copyright law can be balanced against the commercial expectations of the copyright owner. Potel, whose lawyers are asking for the charges to be dropped, says: "They have inflicted a new death on the philosopher by taking his work off the internet".

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