Did Less Than 10% Of Access Copyright's Income Go To Authors Last Year?

from the for-the-authors! dept

Access Copyright, the copyright collection society that collects money from universities for people copying written works, has been somewhat controversial. Even putting aside its silly attempt to claim a trademark on the © symbol, it’s also been looking to increase its fees massively (over 1,000% in some cases). Michael Geist has been digging in on some of the numbers behind Access Copyright (something the non-profit does not make easy, since it appears to obfuscate the money flow), and appears to have worked out that less than 10% of the money it brings in goes to authors. You can read his methodology at the link, where there are some important caveats, including some money that’s being held back until the results of a lawsuit are worked out. However, it does seem quite eye opening to find out that the group brought in $33.7 million last year, and only about $3.1 million of that went to authors directly, while $8.7 million went to administrative expenses. Kinda makes you wonder who Access Copyright is really representing.

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Capitalist Lion Tamer (profile) says:

The view from on top is:

Authors do less than 10% of the work. The rest of their success can only be attributable to marketing, middle management and endcap placement. Innate talent is negligible and it is hoped that with further effort by marketing and middle management (especially middle management), it should be eliminated altogether within 5-10 years.

Besides, don’t ebooks write themselves? That’s what I’ve been hearing from the Real Authors, who still use good old fashioned typewriters, whiteout and absinthe to craft their literary gems.

Modplan (profile) says:

Well, I know I can sleep tonight knowing that that whatever it is they do for authors, they’re administrating the Hell out of it.

There’s nothing better than receiving 75p in the mail and knowing it’s been checked, cleaned, checked again, cleaned in preparation for checking, checked in preparation for cleaning, cleaned and checked again for proper conformance with cleaning regulations.

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