Shakespeare copyrighted??

The BBC announced that the British Libary has put high resolution images of shakespeares works online. One thing I am really annoyed by, though is the fact that it is all copyrighted. Why? Is it not the British tax payer that payed to get those images online? Why is that same tax-payer then not allowed to re-use those images he or she has already payed for? Or at least have a say on whether or not those images should be copyrighted.

And last, but ceirtainly not least: The works are so old, and shakespeare is long dead. So according to the international copyright laws there is no copyright to it anymore. But since I am no copyright lawyer I don not know the exact details of this.

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Over de auteur: Bèr Kessels is een ervaren webdeveloper met een grote passie voor techniek en Open Source. Een gouden combinatie om de techniek goed en efficiënt toe te passen. Volg @berkes op Mastodon. Of lees meer over Bèr.