Dan Sauerhaft

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Online Content: The Democratization of Writing

Posted on Oct 18, 2013
By Dan Sauerhaft

Much has been said about how the internet makes it wonderfully easier for individuals to become published authors of online content.

In this regard, the below article, republished via repubHub with permission of Lakefield Herald, struck a chord.

The website commuterlit.com "posts a new short story, novel excerpt or poem each day...Our focus is on works of fiction or poetry that can be enjoyed during a 20-30 minute public-transit commute to work."

What a great idea, both for authors and readers. I checked out the commuterlit.com site, and read a delightful short story by Nancy Boyce, the author referenced in the below article.

LicenseFriendly & Fair Use / Fair Dealing

Posted on May 14, 2013
By Dan Sauerhaft

Adjective. li·cense·friend·ly. Describes a website that simultaneously makes it (i) easy for users to license content and (ii) difficult for users to steal content. For example:

“The Daily Planet sure is licensefriendly! I licensed an article for republication on my blog today with a single click and for only $5. That was a no-brainer – especially since I know they monitor the internet for unauthorized reuses and go after pirates aggressively.”

As publishers try to solidify their online business models, they aim to distribute and republish content widely while monetizing it wherever it travels. This can conflict with fair use (U.S.) and fair dealing (Canada) which gives readers legal rights to reuse limited amounts of content in certain circumstances without compensation.

What publishers often don’t realize is that the best way to resolve this conflict is to make your website licensefriendly. Make it easy for folks to license your content easily, instantly, and at a reasonable price. At the same time, take steps to prevent piracy.

Canadian Copyright Law: Fair Dealing

Posted on Apr 29, 2013
By Dan Sauerhaft

We've written previously in this blog about the concept of fair use under U.S. copyright law, and its impact on publishers and folks reusing their content. In addition, our licensing service helps publishers provide tips to readers for evaluating when permission should be obtained to reuse content.

While copyright law in the United States has fair use exceptions to the prohibition against copying a work without permission of the owner, the analogous concept in Canada is called fair dealing. The concepts are not identical, and since iCopyright has an increasing number of Canadian publishers using its services we’ve decided to create Canada-specific language that Canadian publishers can display when their readers seek guidance on when a license is required.

How Writers, Freelancers, and Publishers Can Profit From the Meltwater Decision

Posted on Apr 01, 2013
By Dan Sauerhaft

If you follow copyright matters, you know that Meltwater was recently handed a legal blow.

In Part 1 of this series we summarized why the court ruled that Meltwater's online republication of excerpts is copyright infringement, and not fair use.

Meltwater was systematically republishing excerpts of another writer’s original expression, without getting permission or paying compensation.

We’d like to propose how writers can profit from this decision.

Copyright and Fair Use: Good News for Writers, Bad News for Content Scrapers (AP v Meltwater)

Posted on Apr 01, 2013
By Dan Sauerhaft

For anyone interested in copyright and fair use, the recent decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in the case of AP v Meltwater makes an interesting read.

Below I highlight the most interesting parts of the 83-page opinion, and in Part 2 of this series I draw implications for publishers, freelancers, and bloggers who are trying to earn a living by writing online.

The good news for writers? Despite the ease of digital copying, copyright protection for online articles and excerpts from articles isn’t going away, and writers can take steps to profit from that.

Monetize Content: What Online Publishers Can Learn From iTunes

Posted on Jun 21, 2012
By Dan Sauerhaft

Let's take a look at the success of iTunes -- one of the most successful business models of our age -- and tease out some lessons for online publishers.

How Does iTunes Monetize Content?

iTunes is such a great way to get music.

It’s instant, it’s easy, it’s economical, and the licensed music retains its high fidelity. It’s a great business model, serving both music creators and consumers.

But … did you ever buy from iTunes a song you never heard before?