News from NetGalley

Kristina Radke, NetGalley’s Publisher Liaison and Communications Manager, spoke on a panel to a group of AAR members about protecting authors’ content in a digital age.

Last week I joined Lance Fitzgerald, Rights Director at Simon & Schuster, and Skott Klebe of Copyright Clearance Center to discuss how authors’ content can be protected at every stage of the publishing process, from the initial agents’ inquiries all the way through publication. Moderated by Jennifer Weltz of JVNLA, Inc. the panel proved to be a lively discussion.

I was asked to share an overview of how NetGalley helps publishers and authors protect their content, while still enabling them to share digital files with readers who may need the text. Whether used to share galleys with professional readers to help build buzz about a title, disseminate a title for wide reading in-house, or to pitch foreign rights, publishers are using NetGalley to securely send digital files and easily track who has had access to a particular file.

Often, agents are contractually allowed a certain number of printed galleys for their own use for translations, foreign rights sales, or their own publicity efforts. With NetGalley, publishers can quickly and easily grant agents access to a NetGalley widget, which would allow them to securely share digital files with their own trusted contacts. Digital galleys offer agents an opportunity to cut down on mailing costs and speed delivery of content.

NetGalley respects our clients’ right to protect their content and allows clients to select what type of security they want to place on their files. But beyond DRM, NetGalley clients are able to closely track who has had access to their files, giving publishers and authors the ability to report on the success of their campaigns.

Other topics that audience members were interested in discussing included concerns about torrent sites, publishers’ internal security and tracking of illegal files, take down notices and how they work, and technical aspects of file security. Lance spoke quite a bit about his own experience working in-house to sell foreign rights using digital files and the procedures S&S has in place for identifying illegal content and sending take-down notices.

Skott spoke at length about the questions agents should be asking of publishers—what sort of file transfer processes are in place, whether they actively search for illegal content online, etc.—and how the DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) affects these concerns.

Thank you, Jennifer, for inviting me to participate and recognizing NetGalley’s important role in helping the industry quickly and easily share secure digital files.

Visit http://aaronline.org/ for more information about the Association of Authors Representatives and this panel.

-Kristina Radke

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