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Wikimedia Foundation removes The Diary of Anne Frank due to copyright law requirements

“Today, in an unfortunate example of the overreach of the United States’ current copyright law, the Wikimedia Foundation removed the Dutch-language text of The Diary of a Young Girl—more commonly known in English as the Diary of Anne Frank—from Wikisource.[1]We took this action to comply with the United States’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), as we believe the diary is still under US copyright protection under the law as it is currently written. Nevertheless, our removal serves as an excellent example of why the law should be changed to prevent repeated extensions of copyright terms, an issue that has plagued our communities for years.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Japan PM to visit Anne Frank House after vandalism

“Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam this weekend to express regret over the vandalism at Tokyo libraries of hundreds of books related to the young Holocaust victim, a Japanese official said Thursday. Abe will visit the museum Sunday, a day before he attends the Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague, the official said. He spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to discuss the appearance publicly.” (via AP)

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MAN ARRESTED IN ANNE FRANK BOOK VANDALISM IN TOKYO

“Police on Friday arrested a man for allegedly tearing pages out of books related to Anne Frank at a Tokyo library. More than 300 books related to the Holocaust victim, including “The Diary of a Young Girl,” have been found vandalized recently at libraries across Japan’s capital. Tokyo police said the man, 36, sneaked into a library on Feb. 5 and ripped pages from 23 Frank-related books, including at least one copy of the diary. Some of the ripped pages were found in a plastic bag at an unidentified house in Tokyo.” (via The Associated Press)

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Anonymous Donor Sends Anne Frank Books to Tokyo Libraries

“While investigators continue to be baffled by the vandalism in Tokyo libraries of over 300 Japanese copies of Anne Frank’s “The Diary of A Young Girl” and related books, people are already stepping in to replace the damaged works. Since late January, a total of 308 books, including copies of Anne Frank’s diaries, and books about her and the Holocaust, have had pages ripped out at libraries in the Tokyo area. Damaged books were reported at 38 libraries in the Tokyo metropolitan area, with local media reporting similar incidents in neighboring Yokohama. Authorities have yet to come up with any motive and public libraries are strengthening their security and relocating books that might be targeted to near check-out counters.” (via WSJ)

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265 ANNE FRANK BOOKS VANDALIZED IN TOKYO LIBRARIES

“Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl” and scores of books about the young Holocaust victim have been vandalized in Tokyo public libraries since earlier this year.The damage was mostly in the form of dozens of ripped pages in the books. Librarians have counted at least 265 damaged books at 31 municipal libraries since the end of January.” (via The Associated Press)

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