The texts in this media library are subject to certain legal provisions. The normal protection provided by copyright law is probably the most well-known of these.
Under current EU copyright law you are not allowed to copy or disseminate a text without permission until 70 years after an author has died (this is the same in the US). Note: a translator is an "author" within the meaning of the law.
In Europe today, the most important provisions, especially the period of time after an author's death, are laid down by the European Union, in particular in the Copyright Directive and the Copyright Term Directive.
Starting from the 1 January that comes after the 70th anniversary of an author's death, anyone becomes entitled to copy or change the author's works as they choose. This legal status is called "in the public domain."
In addition to the two extremes, "copying prohibited" (copyright) and "anything goes" (public domain), a third way exists that claims protection under copyright law, but allows the text to be used in some contexts (e.g. "non-commercial"). The term "copyleft" has become widely accepted for this legal status.
A well-known copyleft licencing regime has been established by the Creative Commons (CC) project. Texts published under the Creative Commons Licence "BY-NC-ND" are not in the public domain and may not be used commercially without the permission of the author.
Wilde's essay was an early comment on the issue of individual fulfilment. It therefore also criticised the age of the industrial mass person, where everyone was alienated from themselves and each person's life was completely determined by external forces, leaving people searching for their actual inner core. Read more...
The Irish author James Joyce published his collection of short stories in 1914. I would especially recommend reading the story "Clay", which I think will help the reader to experience compassion and to open up to life, even though the social conditions described would tend to make one feel impotent anger or cynicism. Read more...
Robert Broughton has written the story of his life, his journey. This journey held many frightening, chaotic, poignant and, at times, bizarre twists and turns, but ultimately led to inner peace and a great love for his fellow travelers. It also took him all over the world in search of himself.. Read more...