Monday, September 19, 2011

'Authors Guild Is “Party of No” on Public Access to Literary Works' ... today at Beyond Chron

The Authors Guild sure knows how to win friends and influence people. A week ago today it led an international cast of plaintiffs in yet another new lawsuit – against the HathiTrust, a consortium of major university libraries (including the University of California) over its project to establish a digital repository of their book collections. Taking to new extremes its proclivity to litigate, rather than organize or persuade, the AG now seeks to stop the mere act of scanning literary works even before they are commercialized.

This follows the collapse of the AG's effort in leading two other writers' organizations, the National Writers Union and the American Society of Journalists and Authors, down the primrose path in “Freelance” – the settlement in a class action on behalf of newspaper and magazine journalists against the periodicals and electronic database industries.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The following email was sent to the publisher and every editor at ECW Press:

Dear ECW Press,

Just as it was Irv Muchnick's right to object to and doom a settlement which would have paid thousands of freelance writers millions of dollars, it is our (writers) right to use our constitutionally protected right to protest. If this company publishes another book from this author, we will organize and picket every book store, every radio or television station he appears on, and every web site that mentions his name or the book's title. The freelance writers are spread out across the U.S., so be assured this is not an idle promise.


Michael Scott

10:08 AM  
Blogger Irv Muchnick said...

I welcome Michael "Mr. Anonymous" Scott out from under his rock.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is as easy to call objectors names as it is to tell lawyer jokes."

There aren't names strong enough to call ojectors. Pure evil will have to suffice.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw you, and the other 9 assholes, too.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Irv Muchnick said...

The articulate and persuasive Mr. Anonymous strikes again.

2:42 PM  

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