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Re: Online and Out of Print -Reply

Indeed, a joint copyright arrangement would be more equitable for the
author with respect to the unforseen future applications of information
technology.  However, would this not complicate the granting of reprint
permission if dual consent was required for every request (i.e. the
acquiescence of BOTH the author and publisher)? Additionally, how
would such joint ownership be expressed, practically speaking, in the
language of the copyright agreement without being uselessly vague ?  

Thomas J. Shelford
Regional Sales Office - Elsevier Science Inc.
Tel: +1(212)633-3664
FAX: +1 (212)633-3680

>>> John Sumsion <> 03/27/97 12:47am >>>
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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