|01-12-2010, 04:44 PM||#1|
Join Date: Feb 2009
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How Not To Negotiate for Digital Rights (Scholarly Kitchen)
A good post arguing where publishers are going wrong when they claim ownership of digital rights of backlist titles, posted partly in response to the much discussed NYT op-ed by Jonathan Galassi.
|01-12-2010, 07:46 PM||#2|
Publishers are evil!
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Rhode Island
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I disagree with both articles. Galassi's position is the publishers are entitled to produce or to a cut of the profits of ebooks, and Esposito's position is that the publisher has a moral claim but not a legal claim. I don't believe publishers have either a moral claim or a legal claim on the authors work in regards to ebooks.
Bloomsbury was the original publisher of J.K. Rowlings’ Harry Potter series, but that doesn’t entitle them to Rowlings’ profits from the Harry Potter movies — legally or morally. Likewise, publishers have no legal or moral claim on ebooks, which didn’t even exist when authors contracted with the publishers in the first place.
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