Anyone familiar with the Authors Guild? Great organization, which I recommend writers check out, become members and actively participate.
But there’s an issue where more is lurking below than meets the eye.
A few of us are concerned about the proposed “Notice and Stay Down” Provision. The subject: piracy, plagiarism and fair use – content on websites, blogs, Facebook, etc.
If you’re not familiar with it, or think it has nothing to do with you, you are misinformed.
Here’s an excerpt from the Digital Reader,
“For example, how would you build an automated system to block a pirated Doctor Who stream but not block the legit Hugo Awards stream? How would you block a pirated song but not remove a home video of a bouncing baby or block the audio of a robotics competition because that song was briefly heard in the background? And how would you create an automated system to block to prevent the upload of a pirated ebook without also blocking texts that engage in literary criticism?
My point is that this is not nearly as simple as The Authors Guild makes it sound. What’s more they’re asking for a system which is already in place on some services and has been repeatedly shown to be flawed.
It doesn’t work, and no amount of wishful thinking on the part of The Authors Guild can change that fact.”
Gather facts, folks, and then help make your online world. The article quoted above provides a link to the Authors Guild site, so I did not include it here.