Roosevelt and Hopkins: When Censorship Is Good
It takes 13 seconds to find out if a title protected by copyright.
- Google “Copyright Renewal”
- Click on Copyright Renewal Database: Welcome
- Click on “Simple Search”
- In this case I typed in “Roosevelt and Hopkins.” The following appeared:
Title: Roosevelt and Hopkins; an intimate history NM: foreword, additions & revisions
Author: Robert E. Sherwood [1896-1955]
Registration Date: 15 Mar 50
Renewal Date: 3 Apr 77
Registration Number: A41914
Renewal ld: R660854
Renewing Entity: Madeline Sherwood
(Mrs. Robert E. Sherwood) (W)
(Boldface above by DH)
Elapsed time of search: less than 13 seconds.
By renewing in that specific time window, Madeline Hurlock Sherwood (1899-1989) guaranteed the “Roosevelt and Hopkins” copyright will be in force until 2045 (95 years from date of original copyright).
Amazon the Enabler
By publishing this mucked-up edition of “Roosevelt and Hopkins” without first checking if the person making the submission owned the rights or had permission of the copyright holder, Amazon abetted the theft.
Shame on Amazon.
At the same time, the last paragraph of my review — screaming “typos!” and “gibberish!” — must have alerted Amazon officialdom who took action and scrapped the entire project.
Kudos to Amazon.
Takeaways to Consider:
- I am deeply sorry this happened. In my opinion this is a hugely important book. It directly relates to America in the world today. I believe every politician and every voter should read “Roosevelt and Hopkins” for an understanding about how government should work and how America can be saved from the do-nothing, hate-mongering political class.
- If any reader knows a grandchild — or great-grandchild — of author Robert E. Sherwood or members of Edgar Stillman, Jr. family, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- This book is too important to simply let die of neglect.
- Meanwhile, any work in public domain (expired copyright) is free for the taking — words, designs, music, songs or software.
- Any creative work under copyright that can be digitized can be instantly reproduced and sold anonymously all over the world.
- Every creator of intellectual property is at risk.
- WWW stands for Wild West Web.
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