The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.1572  Wednesday, 23 August 2000.

From:           John V Robinson <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Tuesday, 22 Aug 2000 16:53:31 EDT
Subject: 11.1544 FYI Contentville
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.1544 FYI Contentville

>This is an intellectual property matter, not directly Shakespearean.
>Today when I asked to have their offer to sell my dissertation removed
>from the Contentville website, I was told they have UMI/Bell & Howell's
>permission to sell it. UMI/Bell & Howell in turn claim I gave them
>permission, in return for payment of royalties, when I graduated in
>1975. My unpublished dissertation is owned by several libraries listed
>in OCLC's World Cat. I've never received a penny of royalties, so I'm
>consulting an intellectual property lawyer.

I would think you would WANT people to read your dissertation. I'm
really appalled that you want to unleash the litigators on this matter.
(What would the royalties be on a few copies of a dissertation?
pennies?) When we publish in journals it is not for money, it's to
disseminate knowledge (and get tenure) and usually the journal keeps the
rights to the published paper. The payoff for the work comes from the
employment we receive in the academy.  If you want royalties from your
Dis. publish it as a book (but don't expect much $$ for your efforts).

I think Contentville is a great service. If you don't...well I'm sorry,
but PLEASE keep the fucking lawyers out of it.

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