An Interview with Roy Kaufman, Copyright Clearance Center (Scholarly Kitchen)
About 18 months ago, Roy Kaufman, Wiley’s Legal Director, left us for a new role as Managing Director of New Ventures at the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). Founded in 1978 as a not-for-profit organization, CCC has paid more than $1.3 billion in royalties to rightsholders over the past 10 years.
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The Biggest News of the Summer
(Kristine Kathryn Rusch)
The marvelous Tom Dupree, one of the best people I’ve ever worked with in traditional publishing, wrote a great blog last month. In it, he claims that the biggest news of the summer so far, maybe even the biggest news of the year, isn’t the fact that Apple lost the anti-trust lawsuit the Justice Department brought against it, or even that Barnes & Noble continues to search for its brand in this brave new world of publishing.
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Yet Another Newspaper Paywall Goes Bust (Techdirt)
I know that within newspaper circles it’s become popular to claim that we’ve now entered the era of the paywall. Paywall supporters love to point to the NY Times and the Wall Street Journal — along with claims from various paywall companies that more and more newspapers are moving over to such a model.
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I am a Woman and I Don’t Need a Website ‘For Women’ (GigaOM)
I know this is crazy, but women don’t need a place “for women” to read on the internet. They just need good writing.
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Kindle Daily Deals:
• “As Always, Julia” by Julia Child
• “The Man in the High Castle” by Philip K. Dick
• (and 2 others)
I read and commented on the Roy Kaufman piece earlier today on the scholarly kitchen blog. He describes scholarly publishing as a boon to mankind when, in fact, it is one of the most exploitative ventures still legal and still in operation.
For those unfamiliar with this racket, let me offer this précis.
Scholars, usually tenure seeking college and university professors, provide valuable written work to to journal publishers for no money. Their sole compensation is the validation of being selected for inclusion in the journal. Some also provide free peer review services. Those publishers then sell journal subscriptions to the libraries of the same institutions who pay the salaries of those contributing scholars at prices increasing faster than the consumer price index by 15% or so. This is one of the many things that have caused college tuition to rise faster even than medical costs.
Roy’s job is to find and perfect this exploitation further such as finding political support as well as legal ways and means to tax activities such as data mining of journal articles.