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Re: Re. Hathi Orphans?
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- From: Sandy Thatcher <email@example.com>
- Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 18:55:06 EDT
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I'm not sure what you mean by "let go" here. Just because they are orphans, they are, by definition, not owned by any existing publishing house. They are books whose rights have been transferred back to the authors or authors' heirs. What do publishers have to gain by joining in an effort to systematically identify the status of millions of orphan works, the vast majority of which they will never have any reason to use? Given that rights and permissions departments at many publishing houses are understaffed and overworked, whom do you propose should do this extra work, and who should pay for it? There is collaboration on a case-by-case basis among publishers. The AAUP, for example, has a listserv for rights and permission staff to share information like this. Sandy Thatcher >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 >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
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