1960s great famine books removed for expired copyrights

2017-07-18 00:41:49 | From:http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1056759.shtml

Several books about the great famine in China in the 1960s have been pulled out of China's online platforms because of their expired copyrights, the publisher said Monday.

Written by Yang Xianhui, the books

Memory of Jiabiangou,

Memory of Gannanand

Records of Dingxi Orphanagewere removed or listed as out of stock on major Chinese e-commerce stores.

A staff member from the books' publisher, Guangdong Flower City Publishing House, told the Global Times on Monday that "the electronic editions of the three books were removed from the shelves since April because their copyrights expired in 2017."

He said the publisher will probably seek to renew their copyrights with the author. The author could not be reached for comment as of press time.

The books narrate stories from Northwest China's Gansu Province during the Three Years of Natural Disasters (1959-61).

Electronic and printed versions of the books could not be found on Amazon China, wenxuan.com, Taobao and dangdang.com. Several copies of

Memory of Jiabiangouare still available on jd.com.

An employee from a Xinhua Bookstore branch in Beijing, the country's largest State-owned bookstore chain, also told the Global Times "those three books are sold out."

About 2.5 million Chinese died from nutrition disorders during the Three Years of Natural Disasters, including those caused by a food shortage and famine, according to an article published in 2013 in the Red Flag Manuscript, a magazine under the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), while a 2011 book from a publishing house under the CPC put the death toll at 10 million.

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