Content and Digital Asset Management
At the London Book Fair on Thursday, Copyright Clearance Center presented, The Copyright Conundrum, a special talk led by Victoriano Colodron, senior director of international relations at CCC. The presentation outlined the paradox many publishers face: copyright is key to conducting the business of book publishing, but the digital revolution has made sharing -- regardless of copyright restrictions -- as easy as a single keystroke.
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It's not often you see Disney out there defending the public domain -- and the importance of keeping it vibrant and supported by new things. However, that seems to be (sort of) what Disney is, in fact, arguing in a Supreme Court case known as Kimble v. Marvel. There are, of course, a bunch of caveats here. First, it's a patent case, not a copyright case. Second, it's Marvel, not technically "Disney," but Marvel is wholly owned by Disney.
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In December, The Wall Street Journalreported that British publisher Harvill Secker UK pulled its ebook version of The Search Warrant by Nobel Prize for Literature winner Patrick Modiano from Amazon.co.uk because "It turns out that Harvill Secker didn't have the rights to publish the ebook, which Mr. Modiano's French publisher, Éditions Gallimard, discovered after the prize was announced, according to Anne-Solange Noble, Gallimard's foreign-rights director." If Modiano had not won the Nobel Prize and been the focus of so much media attention, this situation might not have been noticed for some time.
A former vice president at Borders Group Inc., the onetime book giant that went out of business in 2011, is convinced there is money to be made from the book industry and has been meeting with angel and venture capital investors to help launch his startup company, ContentOro LLC. Bob Chunn, who has incubator space at Ann Arbor Spark, wants to license book content from publishers and sell it to websites in need of content. At least one local veteran entrepreneur, Chuck Newman, who founded ReCellular Inc., an Ann Arbor-based company that recycles cellphones, has bought into Chunn's vision, literally, as his first investor.
The publishing value chain has been completely transformed by technology. Speakers discuss some of the biggest issues to consider.
"We have never used DRM and we never will. It's just foolish," says Bill Pollock, founder and official "Big Fish" of No Starch Press, a small San Francisco publisher. DRM, or Digital Rights Management, is the technology used by publishers and other copyright holders in their attempt to control how digital content and devices such as ebooks are used after they are sold. No Starch Press, which publishes books for geeks on a range of tech-related subjects from hacking to programming for kids, plus lots and lots of books about Lego
new standards being developed and established standards being updated are increasingly produced in a spirit of collaboration, or at least with the goal in mind to avoid conflict with widely used standards. We're seeing real convergence occurring.
What is most striking is that folks who used to be firmly committed to doing things in proprietary ways (often for the perfectly reasonable goal of differentiating and competing in the marketplace) are coming to realize the benefit of conforming to standards