Mahatma Gandhi’s work open to all [Copyright Expired]

Gandhiji’s work is now open to any publisher to republish without seeking permission or paying royalty to
Navajivan Trust, the sole custodian of Gandhi’s writings and speeches.


“According to section 22 of the Copyright Act, 1957, works of a person go into the public domain 60 calendar years after his or her death.” – source

Essentially, any publisher can simply copy/paste Gandhi works and monetize it.

“Since its inception in 1919, the Navajivan Trust has published some 300 volumes of compilations of his articles, letters and speeches, apart from translations of his autobiography. Unfazed by the expiration of copyright, managing trustee Jitendra Desai reasons: “Even in profiteering, they would propagate Gandhian thought.”

What’s your opinion on Gandhi’s work being open to all? Will it be open for misinterpretation /misuse?

Don’t you think that govt. should have special rules for such works (to not be open to all publishers?), to protect them as-they-were-meant for future generations?

Also read: Gandhi & Web2.0

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What do you think?

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