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自由撰稿人联盟抵制洲际媒体

(2009-11-05 22:45:59)
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           自由撰稿人联盟抵制洲际媒体

         出版商/印刷厂对新人的合同遭集体抗议

 

作者:Jason Fell

时间:10/02/2009

翻译人:黄亚梦

翻译时间:11/05/2009

 

    加拿大许多作家协会集体呼吁其成员抵制洲际媒体的刊物,这个群体包括加拿大专业作家协会和作家群。新合同对特约撰稿人有无限,却没有额外报酬。

    据加拿大专业作者协会所说,今年夏天,洲际媒体开始流传这种“主人作家协会”的新合同。该合同提到,工作的任何行为,当然包括正在进行的非独家权利,都是以加拿大版权保护为准则的(包括无限制、出版和在出版的权利、翻译、开发配套产品、在公共场合演出、适应和沟通工作、运用任何媒介形式),既可授权别人去做代表,又可与出版商一致。

    除了为其他出版商印刷杂志,洲际媒体拥有并将出版许多他们自己的杂志,包括ELLE和加拿大生活。

    加拿大专业作者协会发表声明,当被问及作家工作不受限制权时,他们认为该合同玷污了版权领域。但是作为交换,他们应为几十年前最基本的公众权益买单。另外,该合同并未处理好支付条款、税费、诽谤诉讼或其他重要条款。

    FOLIO采访对方时,洲际媒体发言人却拒绝发表评论。

    MastheadOnline.com报道,洲际媒体副总裁Pierre Marcoux及公司解决方案集团表示,版权保护问题是个误会,公司正在寻找只为杂志品牌编写故事的专属权利,即可以为该杂志出版文章,并且只使用该品牌的网络、移动等。

    加拿大专业作者协会方面表示,会连同其他抵制洲际媒体的作家群组织一个多平台的活动,以便通知洲际媒体的客户关于新合同的详情,希望发起全国请愿书来游说加拿大联邦各部。

    今年年初,洲际媒体母公司提起他所谓“重组计划”,并在加拿大、美国、墨西哥的办公室实施其他削减成本措施,最终1500个职位被取消。

 

   Freelance Writers Unions Stage Boycott of Transcontinental Media

            Groups protest publisher/printer’s new writers' contract.

 

By Jason Fell
10/02/2009

 

A number of Canadian writers’ groups have called upon their member-writers to not write for any publication owned by Canada’s Transcontinental Media. The groups—including the Professional Writers Association of Canada and the Canadian Writers Group—argue that Transcontinental’s new contract for freelance contributors looks to control unlimited rights to writers’ work without paying them any additional compensation.

According to the Professional Writers Association of Canada, Transcontinental began circulating the new contract, called the “Master Author Agreement,” this summer. According to PWAC, the contract reads, in part: "The ongoing non-exclusive right to do in respect of the Work any other act that is subject to copyright protection under the Canadian Copyright Act (including, without limitation, the right to produce and reproduce, translate, develop ancillary products, perform in public, adapt and communicate the Work, in any form or medium) as well as to authorize others to do so on behalf of or in association with the Publisher."
  In addition to printing magazines for other publishers, Transcontinental owns and publishes many of its own magazines in Canada, including Elle Canada and Canadian Living.
  PWAC, in a statement, said the contract is “muddying the copyright waters” by asking for unlimited rights to a writer's work but, in exchange, “paying what it’s been paying for decades for basic first publication rights.” It also said the contract does not address payment terms, kill fees, provisions for libel suits or “other important issues.”
  When contacted by FOLIO:, a Transcontinental spokesperson declined to comment.

According to a report on MastheadOnline.com, Pierre Marcoux, Transcontinental Media’s senior vice president of the business and consumer solutions group, said questions over copyright issues were the result of a misunderstanding, and that the company is looking for exclusive rights only for the magazine brand a story is written for. “We can use the article for print, the Web, mobile but only under the brand,” he said.
  PWAC said it intends, along with the other boycotting writers groups, to organize a multi-platform campaign to inform Transcontinental’s advertisers about the new contract, launch a  national petition and to lobby Canada’s federal ministries.
  Earlier this year, Transcontinental Media’s parent company instituted what it called “rationalization measures” which resulted in the elimination of 1,500 jobs, as well as other cost-cutting initiatives at its offices in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

 

 文章链接:http://www.foliomag.com/2009/freelance-writers-unions-stage-boycott-canada-s-transcontinental-media

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