An attorney with the Authors Guild writes in to encourage freelance writers to file for money they may be owed under a class action settlement finalized back in March.
The case, which got some press earlier this year, involved the republication of freelance articles and book excerpts in electronic databases like LexisNexis. The argument in the settled lawsuit was that the newspapers, magazines, and other print publishers didn’t obtain the electronic publication rights from the writers themselves.
The pot is worth 18 million dollars.
So if you’ve published an English-language literary work “at any time after August 14, 1997,” and believe it was “made available in electronic format” without your permission, head over to the website and file your claim form before the September 30 deadline.