Rights Management & Royalties

Detecting (and Stopping) Robot Pirates
July 11, 2016 at 1:02 pm

On the high seas, you can see a pirate approaching for miles. This gives the captain and crew time to prepare themselves against the onslaught, warn other ships, and call the naval authorities for help. On the Internet, pirates act with stealth. Often, you don’t even know that you’ve been boarded until the pirates have left with the booty.…

More Copyright Fallout: Canadian Textbook Publishing Called ‘Not Sustainable’
June 23, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Writing Copyright-free material edging out Canadian educational texts for CBC News, Nigel Hunt asks, “Are Canadian students being forced to learn from foreign textbooks?” John Degen, executive director of the Writer’s Union of Canada has expressed his concern on that topic: “I hear again and again,” he tells CBC News, “from professors and from teachers…

Copyright-Free Material Edging Out Canadian Educational Texts
June 20, 2016 at 12:08 pm

Are Canadian students being forced to learn from foreign textbooks? That's the concern of John Degen, executive director of the Writers' Union of Canada. "I hear again and again from professors and from teachers saying that they simply don't feel they have access to enough Canadian works right now," he told CBC News. "And they…

How to Sell Books That Are Good Enough to Steal
May 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm

How do you know if what you’ve created is worthwhile? In my experience, it has to pass the “good enough to steal test.” Business owners, authors, artists, and musicians don’t like to hear this, but it’s true. The fact is the majority of goods and services produced do not actually meet this benchmark of success.…

What if Academic and Scholarly Publishers Paid Research Authors?
May 25, 2016 at 10:24 am

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education sought to explore what the authors of the 10 most-downloaded Sci-Hub articles think of Sci-Hub. Aside from cherry-picking its facts (the journalist interviewed three authors out of dozens involved in the papers), the question itself is a red herring. After all, because publishers assume financial risk…

Hail and Farewell to The Google Books Case
May 11, 2016

Google’s scanning project and the subsequent lawsuits once commanded the attention of the publishing and library worlds. But in the end, the litigation merely confirmed a few realities of modern publishing.

Google Case Ends, but Copyright Fight Goes On
April 22, 2016 at 1:00 am

At its April 15 conference, the Supreme Court declined to take up Authors Guild v. Google, effectively ending one of the defining copyright battles of the digital age.

Google Wins Copyright Battle Over Books
April 19, 2016 at 2:16 pm

The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of Google in its 11-year legal battle with an authors group. The Court said it would not hear an appeal from the Authors Guild, which claimed Google breached copyright laws by scanning books without permission. The technology giant began the process in 2004, so it could include…