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I wrote some time ago (at http://goo.gl/suyT2) about my efforts to digitize my personal library and then to throw away the physical books I have collected. Several people wrote to suggest that I not throw away the books. They suggested that I donate the books to a library or to some other person who could use them after I created digital copies. For most of these books, I don't think I can legally do that.
Warning: I am not a lawyer and cannot offer legal advice. If you get sued, contact a lawyer, not me! The following represents my layman's interpretation of what I have read. If you have questions, I will refer you to the Copyright Law as detailed in Title 17 of the U.S. Code. You can read the full law here: http://www.copyright.gov/title17/
I will discuss U.S. copyright laws but not those of other countries. If you are a resident of another country, please check the copyright laws where you live. They most likely will be different.
The issue in this case revolves around copyrights. May I legally make a copy of a copyrighted book or magazine for my own personal use? (I think so.) If I do that, may I give the original book to someone else? (I don't think so.)
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