41649Re: [hockhist] Re: Question to Authors
- Nov 2, 2003
> There are a couple How-not-to examples from recent hockey publishing to
> consider. Interestingly, I think both involve books published by
> McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
>As I recall, Stan Fischler and McGraw-Hill agreed to withdraw the Flakes
>of Winter when Brian McFarlane noticed that three or four anecdotes from
>It Happened in Hockey were reproduced, in their entirety and virtually
>verbatim, in Flakes. Fischler explained that the offending passages were
>written by a hired third party.
>Russ Conway (and perhaps Bruce Dowbiggin) complained that much of the
>material in Eagleson: The Fall of a Hockey Czar (different title in the
>U.S.) by two Globe and Mail reporters had relied too heavily on material
>previously published by the claimants. I don't know how this was resolved
>legally, but I believe the book was also withdrawn.
>The lesson here is that it is simply wrong to use substantial portions of
>another's work. While this might imply that it is OK to use small
>portions, practically speaking most publishers well not publish without
>the appropriate permissions. Most companies would argue respect for
>intellectual property rights, but equally important is the nuisance factor
>of resolving a claim (in this case, I would guess the legal fees would
>exceed potential damages).
>So, Craig, I think Lloyd's advice is best: paraphrase, paraphrase,
>paraphrase. And I would suggest that you earn credibility by crediting
>your source in the body of the text: in his book, the author says he
>thought the Argonauts ... and if the author said he thought the coach was
>"Crazy" to give the ball to Leon, you can argue fair use for single-word
>or other very short quotations.
>As frustrating as it is for you, the author, the publisher has the final
>word, so you have to play by their rules. Having said that, I
>congratulate you on convincing a publisher to do a book on the CFL -- the
>best of luck.
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