Saturday, October 30, 2004

Orwell Has Just Rolled Over . . .

The 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Iranian lawyer, Shirin Ebadi is currently fighting the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to publish her memoirs in America. The OFAC regulations specifically forbid the publication of works by authors in Iran, Cuba and Sudan unless the works in question have already been completed before any American is involved. Americans may not co-author books or articles with authors in the embargoed countries and may not enter into "transactions" involving any works that are not yet fully completed -- even though authors, publishers an agents generally must work with one another well before a new work is fully created -- and Americans may not provide "substantive or artistic alterations or enhancements" or promote or market either new or previously existing works from the affected countries, unless they obtain a specific license from OFAC. Violators are subject to prison sentences of up to 10 years or fines of up to $1,000,000 per violation.

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