'Ello, your Snarkiness,
My question may be out of place, since you're into things that sell, and fact alone probably precludes poetry. I'll take the cluegun bullet gladly if I must. (clueguns are loaded with clues, thus the name)
Still, you KNOW things. Magical things. Like copyright law, I'm betting.
So, here goes.
I am a poet (read: masochist) and was recently perusing small presses, looking for people to hit up for print copies.
I came across this site, which lists itself as a e-press:
As the link says, the "editor" scours the web, finds random poetry she likes, and posts it. She says she contacts the author and gets permission "to the best of her ability".
I was fairly concerned, so I checked out one of the "editions", as
well - say, this one:
Question: Isn't everything about this completely illegal?!
I know, as a poet, that things I show off online are
1.) easily read by plagiarists and
2.) considered "previsouly published".
And, while I'm not accusing Ms. Dumitrascu of plagiarism, since she does note the actual authors and provides links way way waaaay at the bottom, this site does concern me.
I mean, why not just start an actual PRESS? It's the same amount of effort, only you get credibility to boot. (We're mostly a hungry bunch - we submit anywhere.)
So, what do you think?
Isn't this site a huge no-no in the world of copyright law?
If so, what can be done about it?
Well, it's not copyright infringement if she does indeed have permission. Usually when people get permission they say so. By way of example look at Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac and see --reprinted with permission--
No, you can't just find poems you like and print them on a website and call yourself an e-press. A website is not an e-press, anymore than a blog is a publishing credit.
On the other hand, knowing poets, I doubt anyone's getting too crazed about this because poets, like publicists, think there is no such thing as a bad placement.