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Last Updated August 8, 2013

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In case you're not aware of it, there's a big battle going on in journalism over electronic rights. These are the rights (licence agreements) to put authors' works on a web site on the Internet, in a data base or on a cd. Many publishers have attempted to do this without compensating the freelance journalist or with only a token compensation. Two of the most notorious examples are Southam News in Canada and the New York Times in the United States. The stakes for the freelance journalist are high; many millions in potential additional earnings. Fortunately, there are growing signs that saner heads are starting to prevail. Witness the National Writers Union's Publication Rights Clearinghouse project. However, there is still a very long ways to go yet.

I would STRONGLY recommend that journalists not intimately familiar with this issue begin by reading the American Society Of Journalists & Authors E-Wrongs About E-Rights, which will provide you with a good general background. Then check out the Periodical Writers Association Of Canada, American Society Of Journalists & Authors and the National Writers Union for more information on this battle. The various trade journals also cover this issue.

Finally, before someone questions my linking to various publications that take all rights or as many extra rights as they can without paying for them,I would like to say that my linking to any site DOES NOT mean that I condone its policies. In fact I would highly recommend freelance journalists not writing for any publication that does not adequately compensate the journalist for electronic rights.

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Electronic References

ASJA's E-Wrongs About E-Rights*
ASJA's Contract Tips For Freelancers
NWU's Tips For A Better Work-For-Hire Contract

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Copyright Links

10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained
Access Copyright (Canada)
American Association Of Publishers Position Paper On Scanning
Anti-Digital Millennium Copyright Act (U.S.)
Australian Copyright Council
Berne Convention For The Protection Of Literary And Artistic Works (Paris Text 1971)
Canadian Artists' Representation Copyright Collective
Canadian Copyright Act Bill C-32
Canadian Copyright Act - Overview
Canadian Copyright Law
Canadian Copyrights Database
Canadian Copyright Societies
Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Click & Copyright
Copyright: Some Sources About Intellectual Property And Copyright
Copyright And Digital Media In A Post-Napster World
Copyright And "Fair Use"
Copyright And The Internet: Myth And Reality
Copyright And Moral Rights
Copyright Clearance & Fair Use
Copyright Clearance Center (US)
Copyright: A Question of Balance: Part 1
Copyright: A Question of Balance: Part 2
Copyright.com
Copyright Finder
Copyright Future
Copyright History
Copyright In E-Mail
Copyright In Education (Council Of Ministers Of Education, Canada)
Copyright Infringement - Some Issues
copyrightlaws.com
Copyright Lawyers
The Copyright Licensing System For Online Publishers
Copyright Primer
Copyright Search
Copyright Table
Copyright Termination
Copyright Transfers
The Copyright Website
Copyright: What It Does Not Protect
Copyrights: Do We Need To Copyright Our Works
The Copyrights In Newspaper Advertising
Creative Commons
Creators Access Copyright
The Creators' Copyright Coalition
Deciding Whether To Prosecute An Intellectual Property Case (US)
The Digital Dilemma
Electronic Journal Of Intellectual Property Rights
Electronic Publishing & The Potential Loss Of First Serial Rights
Electronic Rights
Electronic Rights & Other Issues
The Electronic Rights Clause In Magazine And Newspaper Contracts
The Gap Trap: The Hidden Perils For The Author In Licensing
Google Book Search Settlement Agreement
Google Book Search Settlement May Benefit Canadian Authors
A Guide To Copyrights: Copyright Protection

Harlan Ellison Fights For Creators' Rights
The History Of Copyright
The Illustrated Story Of Copyright
In Defense Of Copyright Law
Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property Laws Apply To Web Sites
International Property Alliance
Introduction To Copyright (UK)
Ivan Hoffman's Articles About Internet & Electronic Rights
Know Your Rights
MediaRegister
Model DMCA Notice To Service Providers For Copyright Infringement
Model Letter To Copyright Infringers
National Writer's Union's Contract Points
Nineteenth-Century British And American Copyright Law
Open Access Overview I
Open Access Overview II
OpenBerg
Opposing Copyright Extenstion
Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights
The Permission Form
Plagiarism
Plagiarism: Catching Digital Cheaters
Protection Of Copyright And Adjacent Rights On The Net
Public Domain Dates
Public Lending Right
The Publishing Law Center (U.S. Copyright Information
Pursuing Copyright Infringers
Righting Copyright
Rights To Use Photographs
Rights: What They Mean & Why They're Important
The South African Copyright Forum
The State Of Copyright Activism
Supporting Culture And Innovation: Report On The Provisions And Operation Of The Copyright Act (Canada)
Techsploitation: Why I Infringe
Terms Commonly Found In Writing Contracts
Towards Electronic Journals
Understanding Copyright Law
UNESCO Collection Of National Copyright Laws
United Kingdom Copyright Licensing Agency
United States Copyright Act
United States Copyright Office
United States Copyright Statues I
United States Copyright Statues II
United States Copyright Statues III
United States Sentencing Guidelines For Copyright & Trademark Infringement
Universal Copyright Convention As Revised At Paris On July 24, 1971
What Every Writer Should Know About Copyright
What Is Copyright Protection?
What To Do About Web Site Thieves
When Copying Is OK: The "Fair Use" Rule
When Do Copyrights Expire?
When Works Pass Into Public Domain
Who Owns The Copyright For Your Web Site?
Who Will Own Your Next Good Idea?
Who's Suing Whom"
WIPO Copyright Treaty
Work Made For Hire Agreements
Writer's Rights When Things Go Wrong
The Wrongs Of Copyright

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Writers Associations With Good E-Rights Information

American Society Of Journalists & Authors
National Writers Union*
Professional Writers Association Of Canada

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