On June 1, four major US commercial publishers sued the Internet Archive for “willful mass infringement” of copyrights by scanning books and distributing copies on the OpenLibrary.org and Archive.org websites, without any permission from, or payment to, the publishers or authors of the works included in those books.
On January 22, NWU and the Authors Guild held a panel on “What Writers Should Know About AB5 and Similar Laws to End Misclassification.” The speakers were Authors Guild Executive Director Mary Rasenberger, Staff Attorney of the Employment Unit of the Legal Aid Society, Richard Blum, and NWU President Larry Goldbetter. You can see the […]
We have two new non-payment grievances to start the New Year. NWU member Daisy Alioto has helped us organize a group grievance of six freelancers at L’Officiel Magazine who are owed about $18,000. We have had one meeting with the freelancers and as we go to press, we have a meeting scheduled with officers from […]
Thank you to Senator Savino and the Standing Committee on Internet and Technology for inviting me to testify today. My name is Larry Goldbetter and I am the President of the National Writers Union/Local 1981 of the United Auto Workers Union (UAW). We are a nation-wide amalgamated local of freelance writers, representing writers in all […]
The Freelance Solidarity Project will be electing their first organizing committee this month. All members of FSP can vote for two co-chairs in each role. They’ll be responsible for communication between chairs and members, guiding conversations and facilitating open discussions, while also managing key areas of the project, such as strategy, research, and events, among […]