Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0027. Monday, 15 January, 1995.
Date: Saturday, 14 Jan 1995 13:44:23 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Copyright and Commentary
I am developing a wais/http server that will include an indexed version of the
works of Shakespeare. At the moment I have most of Shakespeare's poetry indexed
so that you can search for single words or perform true boolean searches with
"and," "or" and "not." The search returns hypertext links to entire sonnets or
the stanzas of longer poems that include the target material. If you follow the
links to the stanzas you are given a link to the entire poem so that you can
read the material in context. I would like to expand the hypertext links to
include more traditional secondary material on the works of Shakespeare.
Unfortunately, I cannot find anything already on the Internet so I believe that
I will have to provide it myself. I would like to know what the copyright
issues are concerning the presentation of material like Johnson's ``Preface to
Shakespeare.'' It has been suggested that if I find old editions of these
commentaries I can legally scan them in with OCR software and include them in
my project. If you have any thoughts on this subject or suggestions for
material to include could you please send them along.
For those of you who have web browsers my http server address is: