THE CRLL’S STANCE

on the Copying, Scanning, or otherwise Reproducing of Zines for Online Posting

 

The zines in this collection were all created before the days of online books and they were sold and distributed within a large, but intimate and trusted community. Contributors often used their full names on their stories; personal addresses and telephone numbers were shared – information unwise to share online these days.

Further, many if not most zines include a variation of this statement from the flyleaf of Destiny II:

“All rights to materials produced in Destiny II are reserved to the individual authors and artists who have granted one-time publishing rights to Destiny Press. DO NOT REPRODUCE BY ANY MEANS MATERIALS PRESENTED IN DESTINY II.”

 Or this, even more clearly stated, from A Heart To Hold:

Copyright 1993 by J. A. Cliffe. Copyright applies only to the original story line, events and characters created within. Material and art remain the exclusive property of Bridgestone Productions and the individual artists and may not be reproduced by any means, including electronic data retrieval, without written permission of the author or artists.

Or this, from Tunnels, Volume 2:

“Copyright July 1990 by the editors for the writers and artists. No reprints or reproductions without written permission of editors.”

Or this, from Heartsounds III:

“Copyright 1990 Datazine Publications. All rights reserved by the publisher, artists, and authors.” 

The CRLL will honor these requests to protect all the zines in the collection, whether specifically stated or not. If you find scans, pdfs, or other types of files of hardcopy zines posted online obviously from the library’s collection (if there’s the tell-tale CRLL sticker on the cover, say), the zine was scanned or copied and shared without the CRLL’s cooperation, involvement, or approval. 

As well, zines borrowed from the CRLL and retyped or recreated and shared online in any manner available to the public are there without the CRLL’s cooperation, involvement, or approval

Though some might wish otherwise, the CRLL will not authorize the zines in its collection to be made digitally available online without the specific consent of the editors and/or authors. (Winterfest Online has an archive of zines, “Finally Online” – all posted with permission.) Some authors have been asked and permission has been soundly denied. Professional reasons have been cited; in some cases it is personal preference. Privacy is regularly mentioned as a serious concern. To override such reservations would be altogether wrong. 

Yes, some editors, authors, or artists cannot be found to ask, but that does not give us license to reproduce their work and put it online. Silence is not consent. Some authors have passed away, but their work remains protected as they would have wished in life. (As example, J. A. Cliffe, quoted above, died a few years ago. Given the directness of her “do not reproduce” statement, it’s hard to imagine she would give permission to reproduce her work.) 

To put it in a more personal context: Imagine how you would feel if an author from back in the day encountered professional or personal difficulties because you made a zine google-able or available on the internet. Plus, making zines available online without permission is a theft of intellectual property. The CRLL just cannot go there.

Consequently, borrowers must agree to refrain from scanning, copying, recreating, retyping, reproducing, reprinting (re- anything) and sharing online any zine(s) borrowed from the CRLL. If it is evident a zine borrowed from the CRLL has been shared on or posted to the internet, borrowing privileges will be suspended.