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The Slow Death of the
American Author

New York Times, by Scott Turrow

Original Article

Posted By:pineledger, 4/8/2013 8:30:22 AM

Last month, the Supreme Court decided to allow the importation and resale of foreign editions of American works, which are often cheaper than domestic editions. Until now, courts have forbidden such activity as a violation of copyright. Not only does this ruling open the gates to a surge in cheap imports, but since they will be sold in a secondary market, authors won’t get royalties. (Snip)But it is the latest example of how the global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors’ income streams.

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This is an op-ed -- Turow is president of the Authors Guild and has been an outspoken critic of the US Justice Department´s meddling in the world of publishing and in particular the rights of authors to retain control over the works and to enjoy the fruit of their labor.

When you have librarians calling for the total end of copyright, who will stand up for authors?

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: STLstudent, 4/8/2013 8:47:28 AM     (No. 9264933)

Why the heck are you selling books to foreign markets at a cheaper price than you are selling them to the American public?

Too darn bad for you!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: skedaddle, 4/8/2013 9:13:23 AM     (No. 9264987)

I find it pretty hard to care much about this issue because most of the books in bookstores are junk. I still seek out and buy books but mostly from authors who will never make the money Scott Turow has made. And millions of out-of-work Americans could tell Scott a thing or two about "rapidly depleting...income streams." - it´s the 0bama way.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: pineledger, 4/8/2013 9:29:37 AM     (No. 9265019)

Not all authors are liberals, you know. Why should they work for nothing?

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mitzi, 4/8/2013 9:37:39 AM     (No. 9265036)

Don´t they get royalties on the first sale of the foreign editions? When they negotiate foreign editions, don´t they include royalties in the contract? If not, then whose fault is that?

It sounds like they want royalties from second sales. Next thing you know, they´ll want royalties from used book sellers.



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Reply 5 - Posted by: kanhawk, 4/8/2013 9:46:47 AM     (No. 9265054)

I wonder how Scott Turow feels about the re-importation of drugs from Canada and other foreign nations at cheaper prices. I don´t see much difference.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pineledger, 4/8/2013 10:15:19 AM     (No. 9265101)

This is not about double-dipping. This is about pirated editions and website pirating.

That is theft.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: grambo, 4/8/2013 10:50:38 AM     (No. 9265185)

With the loss of property rights -- including intellectual property -- goes loss of freedom.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jar, 4/8/2013 11:49:24 AM     (No. 9265317)

The article shows how even Google has stolen from writers and defends their right to do so.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: jar, 4/8/2013 11:52:05 AM     (No. 9265321)

As for Scott Turow, he discloses in the article that he, as a brand name author, does share the problem that other authors have. He specifies that this is a problem for midlist and unknown writers. He is sticking up for authors, despite the fact that he is not much at risk in terms of income.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: fobo, 4/8/2013 12:12:18 PM     (No. 9265358)

OP needs to dig into this story further. I´m a librarian. I´ve never heard a fellow librarian call for "the total end of copyright."
The Kirtsaeng decision was a defense of the doctrine of first sale, that is, can someone legally resell a book without paying the author? Put differently, when you purchase a book do you really own it?
And Turow, an author I really like, should know better than to write that libraries are "free."

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Johnny Angle, 4/8/2013 12:51:44 PM     (No. 9265422)

Maybe I can arbitrage "It Takes a Village."

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Reply 12 - Posted by: pineledger, 4/8/2013 7:07:59 PM     (No. 9265967)

#10, have you never heard of David Ferriero?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Ferriero

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Reply 13 - Posted by: pineledger, 4/9/2013 6:32:21 AM     (No. 9266388)

P.S. Is it OK to prop up the absurd life-styles of Obama-loving hip-hop and rap artists by paying them royalties?

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