Rome: A row has broken out in Rome about whether the speeches and writings of Pope Benedict XVI should be freely available to everyone or subject to copyright. The dispute was prompted by revelations that a publishing house in Milan had to pay £10,000 to reprint 30 lines from the first speech by the Pope following his election in April, after the Vatican transferred copyright on Papal texts to its own publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana. The Vatican has said that papal texts have always been subject to copyright but that the rules were often not observed. -

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