Plans for page of anecdotes abandoned

      I have abandoned previously-announced plans to have a page of anecdotes on my web site, and have removed all anticipatory links from my web site. The reason for this is that for a major portion of the material I had planned to use I was refused permission to use it by the publisher who has copyright over it - even though the material is long out of print, and unlikely ever to see print again.
      These were just little stories, some true, some perhaps not true - not really jokes, but just little items of human interest value - things that have over the years touched or inspired me in some way.
      If you reached this page, it is probably because you bookmarked it earlier, or else you are arriving here via a cached copy of another page of my site on a search engine.
      My apologies if you saw my earlier announcement about this material and looked forward to it - but obstructive copyright laws make this either impossible or prohibitively difficult and time-consuming.
      The pity of it is that almost all of this material is probably long out of print and completely unobtainable, and most unlikely ever to see print again, so that my use of the material would not deny any parties money they might rightfully earn from the use of the material, and would at least make it available to more people. Given the great potential of the World Wide Web to make material easily available, it is to be hoped that one day copyright laws can be modified so that it is easier to make available material which would otherwise remain unavailable, but which is not earning its owner money anyway under the current system.

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                                        Michael Edwards.