Beware of Lone Wolves

When members come to us with grievances for nonpayment against reputable publishers or corporate clients, we can usually help them get their money. Yet more and more of our grievances are against lone wolves: scam artists who hide, change identities, or just plain ignore writers’ claims. A lot of them run blogs, which they start […]

SCOTUS Upholds Google Scanning for-Profit

In a very bad decision for authors,  the US Supreme Court decided not to hear the Authors Guild (AG) appeal of the Google Book Scanning Project, terminating on April 15 a decade-long case that has struck at the heart of the publishing industry. This decision comes after two separate appeals courts ruled that Google did […]

TAKE AUTHORS SURVEY, BOOST NWU

What is the easiest way to support your union? Completing an Authors Coalition survey. Each response can generate the same income for the NWU as gaining one new member. In 2015, your participation helped us accrue nearly $160,000 in non-title specific royalty payments. This amount is directly linked to the number of completed surveys. However, […]

SOME THEFT IS LEGAL

Members have told us that they’ve pitched an idea for an article, and a similar article turned up under someone else’s name. They say they wrote books about teenage vampires or nerdy supervillains, and then watched other people make millions from their plot lines. They think that copyright law should protect them. In most cases, […]

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

OUR DIGITAL OUTREACH PROJECT In 2013, we identified improving internal and external digital communication as our greatest strategic need, and followed up by launching a 2-year project to upgrade our website and database. In that spirit, I’m proposing a Digital Outreach Project that will be conducted mainly through Twitter and Facebook, helping us to draw […]

Are Websites Stealing Your Work?

We keep hearing from people who see their articles or book chapters reprinted in blogs, or offered for sale on various websites, without their knowledge or consent. One member recently demanded payment from such a blog, and got it. But if that fails, you can have the work removed by invoking the Digital Millennium Copyright Act […]

NWU and SFWA comments to the US Copyright Office on “Mass Digitization”

The NWU and our fellow writers of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) have filed joint comments with the US Copyright Office in response to a public inquiry concerning the possibility of a “pilot program” for mass digitization of written work through the legal device of “extended collective licensing” (ECL) and […]

NWU President’s Report * October 2015

2015 Delegate Assembly More than 50 members and guests attended the National Writers Union Delegate Assembly (DA) this summer in New York City. The delegates were selected from chapters around the country, and reflected a wealth of diversity in terms of age, race, and gender. We also welcomed new chapter chairs from New York; Washington, […]

Wielding the Tools We Have

By Dan McCrory and Keith Bagwell We can’t strike, but your Community Action Partnership (CAP) is seeking to make a difference politically. We’re behind Congressional efforts to reform copyright law, and support a proposed federal shield law to protect reporters if the U.S. government goes after them to reveal confidential information, including the identity of […]

NWU, Allies Advocate for Writers in Washington

Representatives of the NWU, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) met in mid-August with key Congressional and White House staff responsible for copyright policy. The delegation of writers included NWU’s Edward Hasbrouck, book division co-chair, and Ann Hoffman, former 1st VP; SFWA’s past […]