March 2016 Update and Copyright

Updates to site
The African Archive Guide now includes Namibia, thanks to James Stejskal
The Membership list has been updated to reflect new members.

Discussion Forum postings – Martin Plaut responded to the posting on Boers serving.

Conference Update
There has been a fantastic international response to the Great War in Africa Conference to be held in May. Thanks to all who submitted papers. All African theatres are covered, with biographies, film, novels and social aspects being covered. There will also be displays of other aspects of the war – so if you want to submit a poster or display article, please get in touch. Books will also be on sale – including at least 2 new titles. Please get in touch if you want to promote your book at the conference.
Finally, don’t forget to book your place.

Legislation was passed in September 2015 which affects copyright and intellectual property rights of authors and photographers. I thought it worthwhile sharing the main points.

If you are the owner of original manuscripts, diaries, images and photos of people involved in WW1, it does not mean you own the copyright. The copyright rests with the person who created the item. If you want to reproduce the item, permission from the person who created the item, or their heir, needs to be obtained. This can involve some searching. Where the copyright holder cannot be found, the item is referred to as an orphan work. There is a checklist to confirm orphan status, and further detail can be found here.

On the positive side, fair usage of copyright material has been extended for education purposes. Details can be found here.

Specific copyright periods likely to affect World War 1 materials.

For computer generated work, copyright lasts for 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was created.
Crown copyright (British Government produced documents, published and unpublished) – best to check The National Archive guidance
Parliamentary copyright – 50 years from the end of the calendar year in which the work was made

Now for the crunch on works of unknown authorship: for unpublished works which were created before 1989, copyright remains in place until 31 December 2039.
When a work is published, or the author/creator is identified, copyright reverts to the life plus 70 years from the end of the year in which the person died.

Works created for an employer belong to the employer and their permission needs to be obtained for publication purposes; for military and admiralty reports the employer is the Crown.

The above applies to British legislation and documents produced in Britain. Documents produced in other countries and by citizens of other countries are governed by the laws pertaining to those countries, so should be checked. The UK law is now in alignment with EU directives as set out in this guidance.

February 2016 – Appeal and site updates

Appeal for copyright owners to make contact: To finalise the publication of The Lake Tanganyika Expedition: A Primary Source Chronology, we need to make contact with the copyright holders of the Expedition team members: Magee, Tasker, Wainright, Cross, Spicer-Simson, Malleson, Waterhouse as well as others involved such as Belgian commander Moulaert and German commander Zimmer.
For another project, the copyright holder of Ludwig Boell’s papers is also being sought.
If anyone knows the copyright holder, please ask them to get in touch with me
Note: the copyright holder is most likely to be a family member or their estate, not the owner/holder of the manuscripts, diaries etc.
UK legislation changed in September 2015 concerning copyright holders. A summary of the current situation will be posted on the site during February.

Additions and updates made during January 2016.

African Archive Guide – format changed to excel spreadsheet for easier access
The Battle of Tanga by Ross Anderson, courtesy of Ross who retains copyright on the publication. It is in the Members’ only section.

New Forum Posts
Podcast Fans: Hardcore history – not specifically WW1 Africa but might be of interest generally
A Boer in the British Army

Don’t forget to keep an eye on the diary for calls for papers, conferences and events concerning World War 1 in Africa.

January 2016

Happy New Year to all members and visitors

The past year has seen quite a few developments, not least the look of the site.
I hope this cleaner look is more user friendly – please let me know.

Member Interests
To make life easier in finding others working on similar areas, I’ve listed all members based on information you supplied when registering. You can now see who the members are and if they have a specific interest by going to About GWAA. If I have allocated you to a section you feel is inappropriate or I have any information incorrect, let me know. Silence means acceptance.

Please note the Membership page only has your name/user name and no other details. For members who have given permission for their email details to be available to others, these can be found under the password required pages. Note, the Member Contact page has its own special password which is different to the Member Pages password. If you are a member and want access to Member details, please email me giving permission for your details to be included on the listing. I will then send you the necessary password.

During the next year, I’ll be adding a separate page identifying academics working on the various African theatres (or at least those who have presented related conference papers)

If you haven’t yet seen that the call for participation for the 2016 Great War in Africa Conference closes at the end of January, please see the posting for details.
The registration form including details of how to pay the attendance fee are now available too

Updates to site
The In Memory lists have been updated as has the Bibliography. If you use them, you’ll notice in the latter that some names are in bold. These titles need to be checked before being integrated. Those highlighted on the article page have been checked.
Thanks to all who supplied new information. Please continue to do so as the site’s value lies in our collective knowledge. Material which was sent during the year which has not yet made t onto the site will be added in the next month.

As usual, if you have written any articles, published any books or know of people who have, please send the titles in too.

Future developments
2016 is looking to be a busy year for the centenary of the war in Africa. As people are becoming more aware of the war on the African continent so more conferences are taking place. These are regularly updated on the Forthcoming Events calendar.

Arrangements are being finalised for a battlefield tour/excursion around Kilimanjaro following the footsteps of van Deventer and Stewart in taking Moshi. If you are interested in hearing more, please let me know. It’s currently looking as though a two-week (?16 day) trip will be about $2,000.

As noted in November, it had been hoped to have a publication on The Lake Tanganyika Expedition out by now. Howver, changes in the copyright and intellectual property right laws in September have caused this to be delayed. Volume 1 will be out as soon as possible and definitely before the May Conference. Other publications are expected to be produced during the year. For further information, please don’t hesitate to ask. New released will be notified and where possible reviews.

with the best of wishes for 2016