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Re: Re. Hathi Orphans?
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- Subject: Re: Re. Hathi Orphans?
- From: Joseph Esposito <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2011 20:41:13 EDT
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Jean-Claude, be careful what you wish for. A publisher identifies the owner of an orphan work. If that owner is the publisher, does the publisher turn the rights over to another entity? Or does the publisher put the work on a server, with a link to POD, monetizing the work if anybody happens to come along? Some publishers (Duke just did this) will be happy to turn over works that have no commercial value (at this time) to third parties that share the publishers' mission. Some will do the equivalent of what the STM association has recently promulgated: issue a statement of no commercial value so that a third party can use the material, but control continues to vest with the publisher. And some publishers will seek to monetize the property (for that is what it is) themselves. There are far more publishers in the third category. I happen to believe that publishers should research orphan works and that they should have been doing this ever since the possibility of low-cost distribution came on the horizon. But the outcome of such a practice may be very different from what HathiTrust and other digitization projects envision. Joe Esposito On Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 3:53 PM, <email@example.com> wrote: > This is a marvellous point. If publishers honestly collaborated > on the task of identifying genuinely orphans, and if they also > made an honest effort to let go what has no obvious economic > value (in other words, get rid of the "just in case" mentality), > we could work together far more harmoniously. > > Jean-Claude Guedon > > PS And bravo to Princeton for the OA policy voted by the faculty > on itself. > > > -------- Message d'origine-------- > De: firstname.lastname@example.org de la part de Liz Mengel > Date: mer. 28/09/2011 18:22 > email@example.com > Objet : RE: Hathi Orphans > > What makes me wonder is, if the Authors Guild can find owners of > orphan works so fast why they don't try to collaborate with these > types of ventures instead of suing them? > > Liz Mengel > Associate Director Scholarly Resources and Special Collections > The Sheridan Libraries > Johns Hopkins University > >