Tag Archives: Books

Confederate Copyright Policy and the Limits of Dickens’ Abolitionism

Most histories of copyright discuss Dickens’ frustration with the lack of protection for international copyright in the 19th century US.  This I didn’t know: Charles Dickens was an abolitionist and wrote of his feeling of the uncanny when encountering his … Continue reading

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‘Big Deals’ and Publisher-Library Competition

Andrew Odlyzko has a very interesting draft article on  “Open Access,  Library and Publisher Competition.”  The piece covers a lot of territory, but the core argument that (1) in the digital environment, publishers and libraries compete for the role of … Continue reading

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The Curse of Tanya Grotter

Ted Striphas has a great account in The Late Age of Print of the legal battles surrounding unauthorized adaptations of the Harry Potter novels.  All the usual “Media Piracy” elements are in play here: “windowing” practices for massive global hits … Continue reading

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Canadian Book Pirates

An interesting account of the Canadian side of 19th century trans-Atlantic book piracy (from Rowland Lorimer’s Ultra Libris) It was routine for [Canadian] booksellers to sell pirated editions of British titles, produced in and imported from the United States, rather … Continue reading

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Sell-Through Breakdown

You’ve heard of the big four record labels and probably the big six studios, but how about the big four textbook publishers: Pearson, Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt? I’m reading up on the publishing business in anticipation of … Continue reading

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