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The Here And Now
Podfic: The Early Years (or Why Susan Garrett Was Awesome)
The year: 1984
The place: Universal Translator, a newsletter

A fan writes:

"...an open letter to zine editors and fan writers requesting some thoughts and feedback on the subject of tape recording stories from fanzines. "I've recently become involved in a tape correspondence with an ST fan who is visually handicapped, and have been taping an occasional story from one of my fanzines to sent to her. In all honesty, I don't feel this is abusing anyone's rights or violating anyone's copyright, any more than the very common practice of lending out or trading zines. The basic question I'm posing here is: At what point does the practice stop being friendly sharing and become zine piracy? Suppose the tape is passed to a third party and beyond? Or suppose someone should decide to produce multiple copies of tapes for general distribution? Obviously, at some point, permission to sued the material is necessary. At what point? And who is authorized to give it -- the author, the zine editor, or both? There is also the question of reimbursement. If multiple copies are made, is a contributor's copy in order? If the tapes are sold at a profit, are royalties to be expected? And in either case, who is entitled to that reimbursement -- again, the author or editor?"

and a fan responds: "Susan Garrett gives her permission for fans to make tape recordings of her fiction under certain circumstances, an early example of a form of blanket permission to podfic: "... I hereby give permission to audio tape any amateur story written under my name, or a pseudonym, for the purposes of making the material available to handicapped fans. Also, as an editor, I am willing to contact contributors to my zines, should there be an interest in having one of their stories verbally transcribed."

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hawkmoth From: hawkmoth Date: February 5th, 2013 09:38 am (UTC) (Link)
And your subject header says it all. Susan was made of awesome.

Edited at 2013-02-05 01:38 pm (UTC)
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