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Radicals fight over a Karl Marx copyright
Radicals fight over a Karl Marx copyright

Readers of the world, unite! To fight over Karl Marx’s copyright. A small, independent publisher with historic ties to the radical British left is at odds with a multilingual radical website, the Marxists Internet Archive at Marxists.org. At issue: the right to use the 50-volume “Marx Engels Collected Works.” Lawrence & Wishart, a London-based publisher, has asked Marxists.org to remove the copyrighted material from its website. The Marxists at Marxists.org have responded with a flurry of angry anticapitalist rhetoric. And with a petition at Change.org signed by more than 4,000 supporters. “It is immensely ironic that a private publishing company is claiming the...