Apr. 27th, 2014

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It is immensely ironic that a private publishing company is claiming the copyright of the collected works of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, the philosophers who wrote against the monopoly of capitalism and its origin, private property, all their lives.

Marxists Internet Archive is an international, public archive which gives free access to a wide range of academic and historical writings about Marxism in multiple languages. Lawrence & Wishart is a private publishing house in Britain which claims to hold the copyright of Marx Engels Collected Works. During the last several years, the Marx Engels Collected Works have been read by the millions of people on the Marxists Internet Archive (MIA). However, now the private publishing company, Lawrence & Wishart - which loves to position itself as a 'radical company', claiming historical links with the Britain's Communist Party - has directed MIA to delete all texts originating from Marx Engels Collected Works (MECW).

If this happens, MECW would not be accessible on the internet for free, from 30th April, 2014, and that would be a huge loss for the students and political activists who continue to utilize this free academic source.

http://www.change.org/petitions/lawrence-wishart-no-copyright-for-marx-engels-collected-works

If you have a Linux/UNIX/MacOS X or Cygwin system, you may wish to download the site before it goes offline.

wget -m http://www.marxists.org

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