THE CRLL’S STANCE
on the Copying or Scanning 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, 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 hardcopy zines posted online that have obviously come from the library’s collection (if there’s the tell-tale CRLL sticker on the cover, say), the zine was scanned and shared without the CRLL’s knowledge, cooperation, involvement, or approval.
Though some might wish otherwise, the zines in the CRLL collection will not be scanned and 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 simply, flatly, altogether wrong.
Further, 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.
Consequently, from today forward, borrowers must agree in writing to refrain from scanning and sharing the zines online. If it is evident that a zine borrowed from the CRLL has been copied and shared on the internet, borrowing privileges will be suspended.