Today on the New York Times, Opinion Pages, HERE, thoughtful, best-selling, author/attorney, Scott Turow, looks at why the American author is a dying breed, based on the recent Supreme Court decision to allow the reselling of copyrighted works, without the copyright holder’s permission. The Supreme Court case involved textbook maker, John Wiley & Sons and a California entreprenuer, Supap Kirtsaeng, who was reselling textbooks on eBay purchased overseas to U.S.-based students without the publisher’s permission. This case has received a lot of attention, even applause, from groups who believe that strict copyright controls harm human progress.
If that “progress” comes from literature, reporting, culture, etc., and authors are involved, Turow says it’s the authors themselves who are “harmed,” and that we’re all at risk.
That is quite a statement, especially coming from the reasonable Turow.
As an author himself, Turow cares about this issue, and cares deeply about the subject of piracy, exploitation of authors, and how, contrary to those ill-informed groups applauding from the periphery, copyright will advance prorgress, innovation and thought, thereby enhancing our culture.
Why do we care about this issue? Because we, like you, believe in the constitutional right that respects not only the rights of authors, creators and innovators to share their work where and with whom they choose, but to earn a living from it.
Read Turow’s editorial, HERE.