evan at snarc.net
Wed Jan 31 00:12:39 CST 2007
It's all in how and who you ask. You have to find the right person, not
just deal with a shill, and you have to ask professionally, not just as a
hobbyist. That's been my experience with this sort of thing. For example,
HP gave me permission to reprint Gordon Dickson's story called "Thank you,
Beep" from the 1978 issue of the HP Calculator Digest -- even though it's
going to be part of a book that I'm writing, which is clearly a commercial
endeavor -- because I found the right person and I asked nicely. They
simply required is that I include some boilerplate copyright text as shown
From: Chuck Guzis [mailto:cclist at sydex.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 12:35 AM
To: General Discussion: On-Topic and Off-Topic Posts
Subject: RE: Book publishers
On 30 Jan 2007 at 21:53, Evan Koblentz wrote:
> It's all right here: http://www.macmillan.com/Permissions.asp but you
> have to figure out (or leave it up to them to figure out) which
> Macmillan division applies to the publication you're looking to
> republish. From my experience, you should strongly emphasize that
> you're a hobbyist and/or researcher, and that your intended use is
> strictly educational and non-commercial.
Well, good luck with that. I've had my fill of experience with the music
publishers--you find an old piece, say, from 1932 and you want to get a
legal copy. So you write the publisher and get the response that "sorry,
it's out of print--and you may not copy an existing copy". Okay, you ask
them if they can sell you a reprint--the response can vary from "no, we
don't do reprints" to "yes, we do reprints, and our fee is $150 per page for
a barely-readable photocopy"
Don't be surprised of Macmillian gives you flat-out "no".
Such is the state of affairs as regards copyright. I keep telling myself
that surely, this can't be what was intended by the founding fathers.
Consider that our national anthem was a bald-faced ripoff of an English
drinking society song.
But then, that was then and this is now.
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