Re: more on supremes ruling

Subject: Re: more on supremes ruling
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 12:55:26 -0700

"Kathy E. Gill" wrote:
> More links:

> WASHINGTON -- Dealing a blow to big media companies, the Supreme
> Court said that free-lance writers can control whether articles they
> sold for print in a newspaper or magazine may be reproduced in
> electronic form.

This victory is more symbolic than anything else. Most articles have
very little value after they have been published. Nor, in many cases,
does the publisher post them to the web until after the print version is
off the stands. Even if writers retain electronic rights to their
articles, most of the time they couldn't find a place to resell them

In addition, writers generally sell electronic rights when they sell
other ones. Insist on retaining electronic rights and, unless you're
extremely in demand, you simply won't be given any assignments.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

"I just hope that I don't die
Before the harvest comes."
-Si Kahn, "Mississippi Summer"


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