The “orphan works” problem has preoccupied the Copyright Office — as well as authors, publishers, libraries, scholars — for years. The “orphan works” problem has obsessed the Copyright Office — as well as authors, publishers, libraries, scholars — for years.
“Orphans” are the hundreds of millions of books, photographs, films, and other creations whose creators are unknown or can’t be located, but whose copyright protection is still in place. Because no one can figure out who has the right to give permission to use these works, they cannot be used.
In June, the U.S. Copyright Office announced a widely criticized proposal to create a licensing system to clear these rights, with the goal of facilitating full-text access to copyrighted works for nonprofit and educational uses. The Copyright Office is currently soliciting comments on its proposal.
The Copyright Office needs to hear why its proposal is a bad idea. Comments are due to the Office by October 9, 2015.
A new and growing genre of literature aimes at primarily female readers between 18 and 25. AKA “new adult,” the genre features mainly university or college-aged protagonists dealing with early twenties life, in particular romance and intimate relationships. New adult successes such as E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey and Colleen Hoover’s Slammed, reportedly earned $95-million (U.S.) between mid-2012 and mid-2013. Several authors, such as Ms. Hoover and new adult romance author Bella Andre, have also managed to negotiate with larger publishing houses for print-only deals while keeping e-book selling rights – a rare luxury that happens only when authors hold some clout. New adult or NA was born out of a casual mention in a call for manuscripts sent out by New York-based publishing giant St. Martin’s Press in 2009. But the throwaway term caught the attention of the online book community and, finally last year, received its own Book Industry Standards and Communications (BISAC) code, which assigns genres to books so that booksellers can more easily place them in sections. Ms. Tucker, who was signed to New York-based Simon & Schuster’s imprint Atria Books shortly after Ten Tiny Breaths came out, said the industry now sees her and others as hybrid authors, those who have some titles signed to big-name publishers, but who also release their own e-books on the side.
Urban Fiction could also fall into the new Adult Category
The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson
Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines
The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski
Norton’s Amy Cherry bought the North American rights to Yuval Taylor’s Zora and Langston from William Clark, at William Clark Associates. The nonfiction work explores the friendship between Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes; Clark said it tracks their bond from their first meeting in New York City, through a road trip across the South, leading up to a bitter falling out. Taylor is a senior editor at Chicago Review Press and Cherry published his previous two books.