June 13, 2020 · 12:21 pm
If you haven’t been following this issue of interest to writers, you can catch up with posts on the Internet Archive and its practice of scanning and giving away copyrighted books for free,
here and here. Claiming the cover of the pandemic, the IA actually expanded its practices by eliminating limits on the amount of time “borrowers” could keep books they download and other provisions. Last week, major publishers sued the Archive, and this headline on the Internet Archive’s response to the lawsuit popped up in my New York Times feed today.
Note that the decision to end the “Emergency Library” supposedly designed to increase access during lockdowns does not affect the IA’s usual practices of buying a book, then scanning it and distributing it for free.
You will need to decide on your own to what extent you want to defend your own copyrights. I was able to get my republished ebooks taken off the IA, but I found that fighting the myriad other book pirates who either have or claim to have my books available for free was a losing effort.
Is Neil Gaiman right that we might as well embrace the unauthorized distribution of free books?
One wrinkle I discovered is the existence of
an international protocol that does authorize the distribution of free resources to print-disabled readers by appropriately designated sites. Whether IA is one of these appropriate sites is debatable.
The Victoria Strauss posts I link to provide takedown-notice templates and other ongoing discussions of this problem. I’ve linked as well to
Chuck Wendig’s statement on the IA’s practices.
Use these resources in any way that works for you. Let me know what you decide.
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April 28, 2019 · 10:02 am
Writer Beware shines light where it’s most needed!
If you don’t follow @victoriastrauss and Writer Beware, you should. Here’s another example: For all of us
who sometimes send our work off to writing contests or writing awards competitions, how to tell if we’re falling for a scam. Strauss identifies the components of “awards profiteering” in which the main purpose of the “award” is to make money for the people offering it. Here’s an example of scary language in the writing contest submission guidelines of one contest—what you must agree to if you enter—analyzed in depth, with responses from the contest sponsor.
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December 20, 2018 · 10:35 am
Contributing writer David Kudler
explains the basic terms that many new authors may find confusing. (Joel Friedlander’s and copyright license The Book Designer is a go-to site for a lot of extremely useful information about the publishing business. Check it out!) Like this: Like Loading...
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