Homage to Catalonia – George Orwell
Orwell survived the war and was able to write this book, as well as his most famous work, 1984. Orwell died in January 1950, then 67 years have passed since his death, but his original work remains outside the public domain in most countries. However…
Until 2004, copyright in Australia was based on the “plus 50” law which restricts works until 50 years after the author’s death. In 2004 this was changed to a “plus 70” law in line with the USA and European Union, but this change was not made retroactive. The consequence is that the work of an author who died before 1955 is normally in the public domain in Australia.
And for all of this LiberLibris has not been able to edit his own book, modeling it for an easier reading. Only the Gutemberg project in Australia can offer a legal “copy” on the Internet, but no one who does not connect from an Australian server can download it in accordance with current legislation.
That’s how crazy things are.