rudolf rocker shall disappear

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Jun 3 2011 20:53
rudolf rocker shall disappear

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Statement of the Institut für Syndikalismusforschung (Institute for syndicalism research)

The institute for syndicalism research keeps his main focus on the research and monitoring of the (anarcho)-syndicalist movement in the German speaking area.

Through own unpaid intensive and hard work and the solidarity legwork from historians and researchers we have built up since 2007 a voluminous and steady growing database to the history of the German language speaking (anarcho)-syndicalist movement –

Thereby the Institute holds a worldwide fruitful correspondence with numerous historians, publishers and research institutions.

However, there are not only supportive researchers. On the 1st June 2011 all texts of the most outstanding anarcho-syndicalist thinker Rudolf Rocker (1873-1958) got erased from our database.

A certain Heiner Becker demands the exclusive ownership rights to all literary works of Rudolf Rocker.
Unfortunately, he didn’t get in contact with us by himself; instead of this, he has delegated it to the department of public prosecution Münster and to a lawyer office.

We met the demands of the injunctive relief cause it is not in our wish to fill the pockets of a small-mind – to what we would have been forced otherwise.

However, we think Heiner Becker´s approach is dishonourable and not to accept. We have no understanding that the literary work of Rudolf Rocker got detain for the public through the tenure of a single person.

We consider it a scandal that since 1999 this so called „holder of rights“ is not able to publish even one single book of Rudolf Rocker, not at all to speak about publishing the complete works and making them reachable for the public. However, he seems quite able to prevent others from doing it.

We hope that this approach which brings about the oblivion of Rudolf Rocker comes to the ear of all people familiar with this topic, as well as to research-institutions and also to the offsprings of Rocker and that they take the adequate measures.

We declare us explicitly in solidarity with all those who got affected by complains because of the publishing of Rocker-texts. Rudolf Rocker belongs to the progressive humankind and not to a private complainer.

Institut für Syndikalismusforschung,

Bremen,(Germany) June 2011

888's picture
Joined: 30-09-03
Jun 3 2011 21:12

How can he hold ownership rights? Don't they have copyright expiration in germany?

Joined: 8-03-06
Jun 3 2011 21:30

Can't they be put up here?

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Joined: 27-06-06
Jun 3 2011 21:42

We had a thread about this already here:

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Joined: 27-09-06
Jun 4 2011 14:35

Here it is:

If somebody likes to mirror it, you need a Facebook or a scribd account in order to download the pdf.

Joined: 30-09-08
Jun 4 2011 22:43

Copyright in Germany expires 70 years after the author's death. Rudolf Rocker died in 1958, so his works will be free from Jan. 1, 2028 on. This was discussed already in March:
It should also not be forgotten, that Mr. Becker also holds the rights on Milly Witkop-Rockers work (expiring Jan. 1, 2025).
Mr. Becker's legal position seems to be beyond dispute, at least in Germany, so it is useless to debate this question.

At the moment two things are important, to my opinion: 1st to spread the news about Mr. Becker blocking the publication of M. and R. Rocker's work (at least in Germany); e.g. by organising a protest campaign, aiming not only at the libertarian/anarchist/syndicalist community, but also at more 'serious' institutions such as the Amsterdam IISH/IISG, CIRA, universities, historians etc. pp.; 2nd to think about measures to secure the availability of the work Milly Witkop-Rocker and Rudolf Rocker to the public, because, as the »Institut für Syndikalismusforschung« put it, the texts of Milly and Rudolf belong »to the progressive humankind and not to a private complainer.«

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