'Now That Freelance Settlement Must Be Renegotiated, Where Are Voices of Authors' Organizations?' ... today at Beyond Chron
At intervals in these pages, I have been discussing the six-year-long fight by objectors to block a settlement between freelance journalists and the periodical and electronic database industries – a horrible sellout engineered by the Authors Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, and the National Writers Union. On a technical detour to the U.S. Supreme Court, the case became known as Reed Elsevier v. Muchnick. Last month, we objectors won: the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the settlement and ordered the case returned to district court, where holders of copyrighted works lacking Copyright Office registration paperwork (an estimated 99 percent of the class) would be represented by new and adequate counsel.
This article in Publishers Weekly told the story of the demise of “Freelance” – and how the Second Circuit ruling likely dooms the related Google Books settlement, as well. My PW guest column (available online only to subscribers at this point) explains where I think we all should go from here, and adds my longstanding advocacy of a congressionally sanctioned royalty system, including default “compulsory licenses” for public access.
CONTINUED TODAY AT BEYOND CHRON, THE SAN FRANCISCO ONLINE NEWSPAPER: