Friday, August 26, 2005

Yo! Named Plaintiffs!

Today's statement by the NWU makes the extraordinary acknowledgment that the total of claims filed so far amounts to only $350,000. We don't know whether or not any or all of the named plaintiffs have yet filed their claims.

But we do know that many of these writers are in position to make off like bandits if the claim numbers remain depressed. That's because the claim awards would be increased "pro rata." In an April account of the UnSettlement in The New York Observer, named plaintiff -- and Authors Guild honcho -- James Gleick was chortling about his windfall, and the reporter was speculating (perhaps with Gleick as a background source, though he wasn't cited) that some named plaintiffs would collect in excess of $100,000.

What Gleick, and E.L. Doctorow and the others, would be giving the rest of the class in return is the giveaway in perpetuity of all the rights to our works to the hitherto chronically, systematically, willfully infringing defendants. Whether or not we filed claims.


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