Talk:George Orwell

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Orwell died in 1950; his works should ALL be Public Domain—the article says MOST. Why isn't 1984 or Animal Farm available free?[edit]

Since Orwell died in 1950, his works should ALL be in the Public Domain. The article says MOST are. So, why can't I find 1984 or Animal Farm for free? 98.14.15.215 (talk) 17:37, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

It's a good question. UK copyrights can be renewed for an additional 20 years (so 50 years after the author's death plus an additional 20). As those are Orwell's most well-known books, the copyright may have been renewed by his heirs and/or publishers. It's just a guess. freshacconci talk to me 19:42, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Per List of countries' copyright lengths, the United Kingdom (like most of the European Union) maintains copyright for the entire life of a writer and 70 years following his/her death. Orwell died in 1950, so the copyright should last until 2020.

According to 2016 in public domain, the works that went into the public domain in Europe this year are those whose writers/creators died in 1945. It is a bit too soon for Orwell's works. By the way, H. G. Wells' works are still under copyright and will not enter the public domain until January 1, 2017. He died in 1946. Dimadick (talk) 17:54, 2 December 2016 (UTC)

I don't know if this helps, but in Australia the rule is "alive in '55". Orwell was dead in '55, so his work are in the public domain...--Jack Upland (talk) 14:38, 25 January 2017 (UTC)
The short answer to this question is that every country has different copyright laws. As a result Orwell's works are (generally?) out of copyright in Australia, but still covered by copyright in some other countries. The University of Adelaide has a page explaining this briefly, as well as links to PD-in-Australia copies of the books [1]. Nick-D (talk) 22:01, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

Can https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Freshacconci Please Stop Breaching NPOV?![edit]

Trying to undo NPOV corrections and then accuse the corrector NPOV is not Wikipedian; please stop it.

Not sure what that garble is supposed to say, but claiming an edit is NPOV while promoting your own incorrect POV is more than a problem and should be reverted. To be blunt, Orwell was certainly not anti-socialist and you will need some damn good sources to establish that he was. As for the other change, he was more specifically anti-fascist. And stop accusing editors of being NPOV as you push your own POV. Thank you. freshacconci talk to me 19:49, 22 January 2017 (UTC)