New Yorker Compliation Raises Rights Issues

“Just a few days ago, The New Yorker magazine released The Complete New Yorker, a $100, eight-DVD set that allows you to read, and print a copy of, every article that has ever appeared in the magazine. To get an idea of how the TCNY might work on your computer, a free demo is available at

“So I was wondering: What gives them the right to do this? It’s not possible that famous New Yorker contributors like Rachel Carson, Robert Benchley, Charles Addams, or even the young John Updike signed over electronic rights to the Tilley gang. The answer, as our friend John Roberts might say, is not a matter of settled law.”

Alex Beam. It’s a Case of Who Owns the Words. Oct. 4, 2005.

See also:

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Douglas Faulkner, et al. v. Mindscape, Inc., et al. (.pdf, 108 KB) March 4. 2005.

David Walker. Photogs Lose Appeal Over National Geographic CD. PDNOnline. March 10, 2005.

Richard Wiggins. The Tasini Decision: A Victory for No One. Aug. 15, 2001.

Kendra Mayfield. Post-Tasini: Pity the Librarians. Wired News. June 29, 2001.

Supreme Court of the United States. New York Times Co. Inc. vs. Tasini, et al. (.pdf, 108 KB) June 25, 2001.

(Attribution: This story was sent to CopyCense by Jill Hurst-Wahl, who writes and edits Digitization 101, the premier blog on the creation, management, marketing and preservation of digital assets.)

CopyCense™: K. Matthew Dames on the intersection of business, law and technology. A business venture of Seso Digital LLC.

Written by sesomedia

10/24/2005 at 08:18

Posted in Visual Art

%d bloggers like this: