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"By the way: the work is not under copyright." Are you sure? (sarcasm)

Well I did some nosing around at Amazon.com and guess what I found!

The Voyage of the Beagle: Journal of Researches into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle Round the World (Modern Library Classics) (Paperback)

When you look inside the book with Amazon's "click to look inside" feature, you will see that it is "copyrighted". Oh my gosh! Too bad, I was not able to copy the copyright notice to here. Technically, it would appear that only the introduction would be subject to copyright. Of course I would dispute that any copyright actually exists to the rest of the book, but the copyright maximalists seem to make this claim very liberally and the publishers seem to conveniently leave the copyright notice on the book.

By chance, were you able to look inside the mobipocket version so see if any copyright notice appeared there?

David: so I guess we finally know the price of ignorance! $47.99!

Steve: the presence of a copyright notice does not prove there is copyright; its absence does not prove there is not one.

Stephen: Correct, but the placement of the copyright notice can be considered a form of disinformation. For people who are unfamiliar with copyright, they will assume that it is subject to copyright. My intent with posting was to point our how copyright is being abused by the content industry to claim rights that they do NOT possess.

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