On 2/11/2011 7:48 PM, JohnF wrote: > In sci.math Martin Brown<|||email@example.com> wrote: >> [[snip]] >> You could do worse than look for the collected works of Ed Jaynes - it >> used to be available online at one time but now it is published. >> >> http://www.amazon.com/T-Jaynes-Probability-Statistics-Statistical/dp/0792302133 > > Just curious -- if it was freely available online at one time, > and I assume legally at that time, how does later publishing > a paper copy retroactively affect online legality? I'd have > assumed any originally-legal online info remains legal regardless > of who else prints it on paper. Is that wrong?
It depends solely on the copyright status. How a work is distributed is entirely at the discretion of the lawful owner of the copyright owner He can for example offer a work free on-line for a a period of time and then rescind that offer and the work is no longer available on-line for free.
If the copyright owner surrenders their copyright on a piece of work, for example by stating the piece of work is in the public domain, they then cannot re-instate their copyright in anyway and the work remains freely distributable in the public domain.