Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Attorney Chalmers With an Appeal for Information on Syndication Scenario

Charles Chalmers, attorney for the "C" subclass of plaintiffs (those with unregistered works), would like input on the following question, which is holding up the settlement negotiations: "If you wrote a newspaper article in the 1980s, 1990s, or early 2000s, and the article is 'syndicated,' do you (the freelancer) get additional payment for the additional publications that use it. And if so, who pays that?" Please send responses to info@muchnick.net.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Attorney Chalmers Officially Admitted to Represent Unregistereds

As noted in my reply to questions at the bottom of the comments under the last post, Judge George Daniels has admitted attorney Charles Chalmers to the case pro hac vice. Chalmers now officially represents the class of holders of unregistered copyrights in the negotiations to revise the settlement. There are no deadlines for achieving a new settlement. Chalmers, however, currently is "encouraged more than previously." He said he will act again soon in communicating to the judge if there is no major development in the near future. Finally, Chalmers added this: "Everyone must understand that there are about 30 to 40 separate entities, or more, each with attorneys, that have to approve everything. It might be the most unwieldy class action settlement in history."