A warning to all publishers of Rudolf Rocker texts

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Bonaventura
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Jun 6 2011 22:51

Quick reaction!

But - alas - it's facebook, a place I do not enter. And no bibliographical notes on the texts (when written, where published etc.). The historical context is always important. OK, it's a first try, but we're better.

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Jun 7 2011 02:48
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Info: A new release of collected works from Rudolf Rocker (“Rudolf Rocker – Ausgewählte Werke” in German language) is to find here:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/57100238/Rudolf-Rocker-Ausgewahlte-Texte

By coincidence those are the exact essays I downloaded from the FAU and anarchismus sites in hope I could find somebody who could translate them.

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Jun 7 2011 04:20

Now is also a romanian language version public. Translated by the Romanian Anarcho-Syndicalist Initiative (thanks for that):

Here the links:

On the Blog of the Institute:
http://syndikalismusforschung.wordpress.com/romana/

And on the weblog of I.A:S.R.:
http://iasromania.wordpress.com/2011/06/06/declaratia-institutului-pentru-cercetarea-sindicalismului-institut-fur-syndikalismusforschung/

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Jun 7 2011 12:18

Thanks to «Le Jura Libertaire» Rockers Text «Anarcho-Syndikalismus» along with a couple of more Rudolf Rocker texts are available here.

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Jun 7 2011 12:49

Institute for Syndicalism Research: Info

What can I do?

Till now a great number of requests have been sent to us regarding the way in which something could be done to help liberating Rudolf Rocker out of his undesirable situation. We have built a Rudolf Rocker special page which gets permanently actualised. http://syndikalismusforschung.wordpress.com/solidaritypage-about-the-rocker-case/

What the Institute for Syndicalism Research can advise is to:

1. Publish the declaration of the Institute for Syndicalism Research and inform your friends and mates about the actual facts of the matter
2. Offer to translate our statement into other languages so that we can make the statement available in other languages on the Rudolf Rocker special-site.
3. Get in contact with newspapers, write articles and forward the statement to publications which may be interested in interviews with us.
4. We prepare an international resolution which will state that the texts of Rudolf Rocker must be free for publishing. Consider if you want to sign such a resolution.
5. Tell us your ideas!

These next points needs your own initiative:

1. Beware of the endless space of the Internet, there may be texts from Rudolf Rocker still free out there!
2. It is legal to quote from Rudolf Rocker´s texts in an adequate way. Do it!
3. Come up with many beautiful ideas. Certainly there are more possibilities than we came up with. Your independent initiative can do the right thing.

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http://syndikalismusforschung.wordpress.com/

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Jun 8 2011 17:16

The statement „Rudolf Rocker shall disappear” is now translated into Turkish language. RUDOLF ROCKER YOK EDILMELI is to find here: http://syndikalismusforschung.wordpress.com/turkce/

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Jun 21 2011 13:14

This just appeared in our in-box:

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(FAU) Resolution Concerning the Legal Rights to Rudolf Rocker's Works

Heiner M. Becker, historian and private scholar, living in Nordwalde, has actually initiated a preliminary investigation by the public prosecution against the internet publishing of at least one work of the famous anarchosyndicalist, Rudolf Rocker (1873 – 1958).

Heiner M. Becker has been assistant for several anarchist papers in Great Britain and France, he bought anarchist bequests for the IISG in Amsterdam whereby he became a friend of Fermin Rocker, Rudolf Rocker's son. Before his death in 2004, Fermin Rocker conferred all rights of Rudolf Rocker's works to Heiner M. Becker.

Rudolf Rocker is one of the most famous protagonists of historical anarchosyndicalism. He was secretary of the International Workers Association (IWA) and of the Free Workers Union, Germany (FAUD), in whose historical tradition the FAU sees itself. As an anarchosyndicalist activist, he published many articles, brochures and other texts for this fierce grassroots union movement, including texts such as the ”Principles of Revolutionary Syndicalism“, “Anarchism and Syndicalism“ and “Anarchosyndicalism“.

Rocker's works have been translated and spread in all different languages for years. It is a solid part of a global movement which fights for economical and political liberation from the yoke of capital and state. Never before did anybody try to claim the rights to exploit Rocker's propaganda texts, neither during his life nor after his death. Just thinking of it would have caused astonishment and incomprehension.

Heiner M. Becker was a profiteer from the anarchosyndicalist movement's wish to spread Rocker's texts as far as possible. When he published Rocker's main work, “Nationalism and Culture“, an ex-FAU member lent him 20.000DM (~10.000€). Other members of the FAU supported him technically, supporting a series of titles by his company, Thélème, which hasn't published anything for years.

Heiner M. Becker has many reasons to be thankful to the anarchosyndicalist movement's support. But what he did, he paid the credit back right now, after 15 years, after several dunning letters and without paying interest on it. But something else outweighs that. He thanks FAU for support by claiming bourgeois ownership rights of Rocker's works and even mobilizes the police and criminal justice system to execute them.

Against this background, the FAU Congress declares unmistakably, that we – and our sister unions in the IWA and others – believe Rocker's texts are the common property of all who fight against capitalist exploitation and state repression for a free and self-organized economic and social world. We call upon Heiner M. Becker to assume responsibility and waive all bourgeois property rights to Rudolf Rocker's and Milly Wittkop-Rocker's works and publish it under a Creative Commons Licence. As for the prosecutions going on, we demand they stop immediately.

Unanimous decision of FAU's annual Congress and delegates attending from FAU-Bern (CH)

Dörverden, June 12, 2011.

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Jul 2 2011 06:37

The statement „Rudolf Rocker shall disappear” is now translated into Spanish language. RUDOLF ROCKER VA A DESAPARECER is to find here: http://syndikalismusforschung.wordpress.com/espanol/

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Aug 24 2011 18:55

Hi martinh (post number 3), do you remember how Albert Meltzer warned you? It would be interest to see how this guy act in different ways. Becker shall have property also in London...

akai
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Jul 13 2015 19:17

Dear all,

Does anybody have an update on the status of this? I am inquiring since some people want to publish Rocker and need to know what this bozo thinks to properly inform them. Of course I think Rocker's works are public and must not be privatized.

syndicalist
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Sep 26 2017 17:41

Any updates on this?

inflaminatus
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Nov 16 2017 08:35

Heiner Michael Becker ist tot

http://dadaweb.de/wiki/Heiner_Michael_Becker_-_Gedenkseite

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Nov 16 2017 11:04
inflaminatus wrote:
Heiner Michael Becker ist tot

http://dadaweb.de/wiki/Heiner_Michael_Becker_-_Gedenkseite

do you know who has the copywrite now?

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Nov 17 2017 19:17

Apparentlty Doctor Becker had a flat filled from floor to ceiling in every room with anarchist publications, many of them extremely rare.Some even allege that some of these may be very similar to literature that had gone missing from various anarchist archives. What is happening to this collection after his death, and where does the copyright on Rocker stand now?

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Nov 20 2017 03:20

I digitised 'Anarcho-Syndicalism' in 1996 by typing the whole thing into a word file, marking it up in notepad and uploading it to Geocities. Fermin Rocker contacted me through the site to say he was Rudolf's son and that he was glad to see it online.

On the basis of that am inclined to consider the claim that he was unhappy with it being published a lie.

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Nov 3 2018 15:45

K so I had a quick look into this and it depends on the nature of Becker's "ownership". If he was made literary executor by Fermin Rocker then all rights die with him and would revert to Fermin's son (Philip - anyone know him?). If Becker bought the copyrights outright and contractual evidence exists of this, then they'd be conferred to the beneficiaries of his will.

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Nov 8 2018 12:47

Got hold of Philip, he's not been contacted over it following Becker's death and doesn't know what may have happened with copyright. He knows of a verbal agreement and thinks there might have been a written one with Becker but is unsure what this consisted of. Either way he reckoned as far as he's concerned "people are free to do what they please, but that may not be of much help."