The copyright for Anne Franke’s diary was due to expire in 2016. To prevent it from falling into public domain, in 2015 the Anne Frank foundation added her father Otto Frank as a co-author.

The Diary of a Young Girl

According to the copyright laws in the European Union, as a general rule, rights of authors end seventy years after their death. Hence, the copyright of the diary expired on 1 January 2016. In the Netherlands, for the original publication of 1947 (containing parts of both versions of Anne Frank’s writing), as well as a version published in 1986 (containing both versions completely), copyright initially would have expired not 50 years after the death of Anne Frank (1996), but 50 years after publication, as a result of a provision specific for posthumously published works (1997 and 2036, respectively).

When the copyright duration was extended to 70 years in 1995 – implementing the EU Copyright Term Directive – the special rule regard… Continue Reading (5 minute read)

12 thoughts on “The copyright for Anne Franke’s diary was due to expire in 2016. To prevent it from falling into public domain, in 2015 the Anne Frank foundation added her father Otto Frank as a co-author.”

  1. jackof47trades

    Not exactly. Her original writings are 100% in the public domain. You just can’t copy the version her Dad edited. You also can’t copy any new versions or translations.

    But the original is totally okay to use as you please.

  2. cferrios

    The criteria for his father’s co-authorship:

    > Six years ago, the foundation asked legal experts in various countries for advice on its copyright, according to Yves Kugelmann, a member of the foundation’s board. They concluded, he said, that Otto “created a new work” because of his role of editing, merging and trimming entries from her diary and notebooks and reshaping them into “kind of a collage” meriting its own copyright.

  3. Ayrnas

    Doesn’t this just mean they are loopholing the copyright system?

  4. ForkShirtUp

    There goes my novel idea, “Anne Frank: Cyborg Nazi Hunter from Neptune”

  5. Darylfx

    Possible stupid question but why would people not want it public domain?

  6. jcd1974

    The copyright will now expire in 2050, seventy years after the death of Otto Frank in 1980.

  7. EbonHyena

    Sorry for my ignorance but why would it be a bad thing for it to be public domain?

  8. SquidwardWoodward

    NOTHING should be in copyright that long.

  9. nebcheperure

    It’s Frank, not Franke!

  10. CMYK2RGB

    How will this affect her more colorful sister, Lisa?

  11. cakeanalytics

    And what is the problem if it goes into public domain?

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