Great Authors:Copyrights

Important note: Great Authors does not own copyright on the novels/books/philosophical writings/plays/article texts and illustrations. It is therefore useless to email us asking for permission to reproduce content. Permission to reproduce content has already been granted to everyone without request; for permission to use it outside these terms, one must contact all the authors/publishers of the text or illustration in question.

The license we use grants free access to our content in the same sense as free software is licensed freely. This principle is known as copyleft. That is to say, our content can be copied, modified, and redistributed so long as the new version grants the same freedoms to others and acknowledges the authors/publishers/translators of the novels/books/philosophical writings/plays/article used (a direct link back to the said document satisfies credit requirement). The novels/books/philosophical writings/plays/articles will remain free under the GFDL and can be used by anybody subject to certain restrictions, which serve to ensure that freedom.

One restriction, and this is a personal request: Please do not change the text/content of these historical documents. (ie: books/works/articles etc.) Help us maintain the integrity of these famous authors.


To fulfill the above goals, the text contained in Great Authors is copyrighted (automatically under the Berne Convention) by our authors/translators/contributors and licensed to the public under the Gnu Free Documentation License (GFDL). The full text of this license is at Great Authors: GNU Free Documentation License. This text must not be changed.

Permission is granted to copy and distribute documents under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".
Content on Great Authors is covered by disclaimers.

The English text of the GFDL is the only legally binding document. Following is our interpretation of the GFDL rights and obligations of users and contributors.

IMPORTANT: If you want to reuse content from Great Authors, first read the Reusers' rights and obligations section. You should then read the GNU Free Documentation License.


Reusers' rights and obligations

If you want to use our materials in your own books/articles/web sites or other publications, you can do so, but you have to follow the GFDL. If you are simply duplicating the novel/book/philosophical writing/play/article, you must follow section two of the GFDL on verbatim copying.

If you create a derivative version by changing or adding content, this entails the following:

Your materials in turn have to be licensed under GFDL,
You must acknowledge the authorship of the novel/book/philosophical writing/play/article/etc., and
You must provide access to the "transparent copy" of the material. (The "transparent copy" article is any of a number of formats available from us, including the text, the html web pages, etc.)
You may be able to partially fulfill the latter two obligations by providing a conspicuous direct link back to the novel/book/philosophical writing/play/article/etc. hosted on this website.


Using copyrighted work from others

All works are copyrighted unless they either fall into the public domain or their copyright is explicitly disclaimed. If you use part of a copyrighted work under "fair use", or if you obtain special permission to use a copyrighted work from the copyright holder under the terms of our license, you must make a note of that fact (along with names and dates). It is our goal to be able to freely redistribute as much of our material as possible, so original images and sound files licensed under the GFDL or in the public domain are greatly preferred to copyrighted media files used under fair use.

Never use materials that infringe the copyrights of others. This could create legal liabilities. The content of this website is intended for educational and informational use, to be freely distributed to the public.

Note that copyright law governs the creative expression of ideas, not the ideas or information themselves. Therefore, it is legal to read an encyclopedia article or other work and reformulate the concepts into your own words. However, it would still be unethical (but not illegal) to do so without citing the original as a reference. See plagiarism and fair use for information of how much reformulation is necessary in a general context.


Resources to learn about fair use:


- the verbatim copying or imitation of the language, ideas, or thoughts of another author and representing them as one’s own original work.