Capitalists of the world unite? British publisher defends copyright of Marx's books

A portrait of Karl Marx (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)

A portrait of Karl Marx (Photo: Wikipedia Commons)


Despite their argument for common ownership, the works of Karl Marx and Frederick Engels are copyrighted. And now Lawrence & Wishart, a self-described "independent radical" publisher that holds the copyright to the 50-volume Marx/Engels Collected Works, is going to enforce that ownership, forcing websites to remove material from the books. But some people feel that's, well, un-Marxist of them.

"Everybody I've spoken to who works in publishing has been very supportive, because they understand about copyrights," Sally Davison, managing editor of Lawrence & Wishart Publishing, tells Carol. "But on the other hand, there obviously has been a bit of an orchestrated campaign online to put a different point of view...that hasn't been particularly nice to have to put up with."

Some socialist radicals are even calling Lawrence & Wishart a 'tool of the capitalist system.'

Hear Carol's full interview with Ms. Davison by clicking the "Listen" button above.

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