The Cranky Copyright Book

An update on Joe Clark’s upcoming book
on copyright for creators

November 2009 update:
The ball is finally rolling

There’s actual movement on The Cranky Copyright Book. I’m supposedly meeting with a publisher – more specifically, the nicest editor in town, who has shepherded several books I’ve recently read and has otherwise taken me seriously.

General plans


With every book, I try a new option in electronic distribution.

Alternate formats

I don’t know how I’m going to swing this, but there will be an audiobook version, which will then be converted into a DAISY talking-book version.


There’s a real readership here. Not only do I have actual supporters here, but 8,000 people submitted comments on a recent copyright consultation carried out by the Canadian government. (Search tool.) Selling 8,000 copies would put this book at the top of the best-seller list. (Not everybody would buy one, but the market is there.)


A real breakthrough came when I decided to write snappy chapter heds and let those guide the writing. Here’s a punchy one to start with: “Correcting Cory Doctorow Is a Full-Time Job.” (It really is, isn’t it?)

What next? More damned money is what

I have not quite yet had my meeting, which might not lead to anything, and I do not per se have a solicitation to receive a proposal, but I’m a hell of a lot closer to that than I was before. But I’m not going to be able to do much with nothing in the bank.

So: What better time to hit you up for spare change like a common beggar? I know: I suck. I fully catalogue the ways in which I suck to myself every day. But until there’s money on the table from a publisher (a free-market exchange), I have to rely on another kind of free-market exchange.

I have to do this because everyone else in the field is well funded. To phrase it somewhat harshly, the opposition has deeper pockets than I do.

Apart from Doctorow, they aren’t necessarily rich, but they all have regular income related to copyright. I would never claim to be the sole independent critic of copyright, but I’m the only one who’s trying to create a popular work on the topic, and that costs money.

You can contribute in any of several ways.

Thanks for your continued support

I have to constantly remind myself I do indeed have supporters, even if they are far-flung and called upon rather too often. Soon I hope to be able to really deliver.

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