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- From: Pat McNees <PMcNees@compuserve.com>
- Date: Thu, 20 Aug 1998 17:48:45 EDT
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Lesley Ellen Harris recently posted a notice about an interesting website article based on interviews with representatives of four copyright collectives. I asked Dan Carlinsky, vice president of the American Society of Journalists & Authors, if the interview responses were accurate, as he has been involved in discussions with the CCC in the past. Here is his response: ----Forwarded Message(s)---- In the interviews with representatives of the four collectives, the representative of CCC says: < CCC was created at the suggestion of the U.S. Congress in thecourse of the adoption of the 1976 Copyright Act. Acting on thatsuggestion, representatives of the communities of authors, publishers and users of copyrighted material established CCC. Representatives of all three communities continue to sit on CCC's Board of Directors. >> < CCC has no members. It acts solely on a contractual basis as an agent for authors, photographers, other creators, publishers and other rights holders. >> What's left unsaid by the representative of the Copyright Clearance Center is that despite the pleasant collaborative talk, in the world of the CCC authors are a very, very junior partner. Unlike RROs elsewhere, the CCC is thoroughly publisher-dominated, with authors making up only a small minority of seats on its board of directors. Publishers have repeatedly blocked efforts to redress the imbalance, and to set the CCC on a track that would allow authors to recover a fair portion of revenue that now overwhelmingly stops in publishers' bank accounts--often in violation of publisher-author contracts. Of late, perhaps recognizing its precarious position thanks to an increasingly restless author community, CCC has been making noises about improving "author relations." But from the authors' perspective, so far it's only noises. CCC remains what it was when it was created: predominantly by and for publishers, which explains why authors had to set up their own Authors Registry (http://www.authorsregistry.org), which has to date paid authors more than $800,000 in photocopy and electronic database royalties. ----End Forwarded Message(s)---- That is my impression, too. Pat McNees A member of ASJA's board of directors and a participant in recent CONFU (fair use) discussions.