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Author Topic: Copyright Infringement in Textbook Licensing  (Read 2435 times)

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« on: June 23, 2011, 06:21 »
Information on the APA site about how American textbook publishers have been reusing images willy-nilly without paying for reuse:

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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2011, 08:03 »
   Maybe this article has some basis in fact, I don't know, but it runs completely counter to my experience. I have been licensing images directly to textbook publishers for years, and as such I have complete data on all the uses and time limits. I have never had to chase them for a re-use fee, electronic rights or anything of that nature. I always get an email or phone call, and the fee is always the same as the original use, even in cases where the fee is quite a bit above current rates. IF this article is not just a collection of accusations, it would have helped to cite some real world cases. The APA in this case seems to just be generating more work for a favored law firm.


« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2011, 02:51 »
I know this sounds familiar and I had read about it before. Long search but I found it, the text book publishers claimed they could reuse images and also that they were overprinting past the license because they didn't accept the limits of the contracts.

November 2010

"The scheme that Houghton employed was to license for the lowest amount it thought it could get away with, and then print whatever it wanted," Seidman says. One HMH executive said in a court deposition that the publisher ignored print run limits in its photo licenses as meaningless numbers.

Meaningless numbers?


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