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Re: Online and Out of Print

Reference contributions from Chris Zielinski and Peter Goldie - would not
several problems (typically potential problems rather than actual!) be
solved if the author had joint copyright with the publisher?  That would
allow the author to share in unforeseen exploitation through other media
and put the author in a position to overcome misdemeanours in the 'out of
print' area.

 At this point in time it could be genuinely advantageous to both sides
since it would avoid the necessity to attempt to hhave the contract cover
technical and commercial developments - which noone can forecast reasonably
for the next few years.

Shared copyright would not necessarily imply shared royalty payments;  but
it would imply the author's right to be consulted and to agree.

* John Sumsion
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