Non-Luddite Alternative To The Authors Guild Launching

from the good-to-see-some-competition dept

Over the past few years, we've written more than a few times about the incredibly short-sighted and backwards looking positions of the Authors Guild, an organization that appears to (a) hate technology and (b) be almost entirely focused on protecting the business model that only allows a very, very, very small number of authors to make a living. Beyond its highly publicized fight against book scanning (which it has lost in every round so far), the Guild has lashed out at libraries, ebooks, Amazon and the internet in general. You may also remember a few years ago when the Authors Guild freaked out about an Amazon Kindle feature that would read books aloud.

The Authors Guild has shown time and time again that its main interest is in trying to hold back the tide of progress, keep out competition, and basically hope against hope that maybe, just maybe, it can bring back those days when top authors didn't have to interact with fans, and didn't have to worry about successful authors going direct. Many, many authors with more progressive views of the internet have spoken out against the Authors Guild, as they recognize that it isn't representing the interests of most authors at all.

So it's good to see that an alternative, the Authors Alliance, is about to launch, put together by law professor Pamela Samuelson and sporting a rather impressive advisory board of folks, including Larry Lessig, Jonathan Lethem, Cory Doctorow, Robert Pinsky, Brewster Kahle, Lewis Hyde, Jonathan Zittrain, Kevin Kelly, Ed Felten and many other big authors and thinkers. I'm a little disappointed that the advisory board doesn't have a Barry Eisler or Joe Konrath on the list, as it does appear to be somewhat lacking in folks who have had tremendous success outside the traditional publishing system, but it's still an impressive start.

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    Anonymous Coward, May 16th, 2014 @ 4:15pm

    'The Authors Guild has shown time and time again that its main interest is in trying to hold back the tide of progress, keep out competition'

    like to say exactly what in the USA isn't trying to do the same, all in the great names of control and profits?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 16th, 2014 @ 5:47pm

    A bunch of anti copyright zealots. Perfect!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 16th, 2014 @ 5:51pm

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    Better anti copyright zealots than copyright maximism zealots

     

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    sophisticatedjanedoe (profile), May 16th, 2014 @ 6:04pm

    That's great, but these guys should have thought harder about the name. Sounds too astroturfy, easy to confuse.

    And by the way, I just learned that the word "Luddite" is not derived from "ludes."

     

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    Neo, May 16th, 2014 @ 6:25pm

    Ted Nelson needs to be on that advisory board.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), May 16th, 2014 @ 6:52pm

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    That's great, but these guys should have thought harder about the name. Sounds too astroturfy, easy to confuse.

     

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    ChurchHatesTucker (profile), May 16th, 2014 @ 6:54pm

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    Not sure what happened to my suggestions for improvement:

    Authors Authority

    League of Extraordinary Authors

    Authors Assemble!

     

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    CK20XX (profile), May 16th, 2014 @ 7:17pm

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    Yeah, you gotta wonder what produces zealots like that. Could it be that they're pushing back against something that's even worse...?

     

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    Whatever, May 16th, 2014 @ 8:18pm

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    I was sort of hoping this was going to be something good, instead it's just the usual collection or loud anti-copyright types trying very hard to tell everyone else to do it their way... not sure that this is an improvement!

     

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    techflaws (profile), May 17th, 2014 @ 1:59am

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    You mad, bro?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, May 18th, 2014 @ 5:14am

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    You are a fucktard of a troll, you know that?

     

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    Pragmatic, May 20th, 2014 @ 6:05am

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    Pro-Constitutional copyright terms zealots.

    FIFY

     

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