Friday, November 30, 2007

Freelance Class Action Suit

After years of wrangling and lawsuits (Tsanini v. New York Times), in 2005 freelance writers and publishers agreed to a settlement (worth about $18 million) regarding payment for work posted online or in databases. However, a few writers opposed it on the grounds that it did not allot enough funds for writers of unregistered works and appealed. Now the U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned the decision of the lower court to approve the settlement, saying they lacked the jurisdiction to do so, throwing everything into chaos again.

Here is a link from the Author's Guild to the decision.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

WGA Strike Survey

Variety conducted a poll to determine public opinion about the strike, and more than 2/3rds of the respondents felt the writers are presenting their side better than the producers, and the same number agreed that the writers were being more honest in their discussions of the key issues.

My own little poll was less detailed, but also skewed heavily in favor of the writers.