The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article about the publisher Routledge reusing authors’ content in a book…all without the authors’ permission. Not just sentences or paragraphs, but entire passages. The authors estimate 80% of their work was recycled into a new book, without their knowledge and without credit to the authors. How could this happen, you ask? According to the Chronicle, the authors “signed an agreement with Routledge, allowing the company to use the material in their book however it saw fit, provided they were given credit and royalties.” The credit was slow to come and the royalties as well. This is exactly why authors need to be more keen to protect their intellectual property by using an author addendum when working with the publisher!
Publisher recycles authors’ work!! August 5th, 2008
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