PRC endorsed by children's book writers

From: Irvin Muchnick <irvmuch[_at_]netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Sep 1996 15:15:32 -0700 (PDT)

   SOCIETY OF CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS  NEWEST SPONSOR OF NWU'S PUBLICATION RIGHTS CLEARINGHOUSE The National Writers Union (NWU) has announced that the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is the newest associate sponsor of Publication Rights Clearinghouse, the NWU's collective-licensing agency.

Under the arrangement, SCBWI members will be able to enroll in PRC for the same one-time fee of $20 that is charged to NWU members. SCBWI joins other writers' organizations, including the Periodical Writers Association of Canada, in affiliating with PRC.

Modeled after ASCAP and other long-standing collectivelicensing  societies in the music industry, PRC this year began distributing its initial $15,000 royalty pool from its first licensee, the CARL Corporation's UnCover -- a service owned by Knight-Ridder, Inc., and the world's largest database of magazine and journal articles. The agency is also negotiating licenses with other major companies in the new information industry.

"We are happy to have the opportunity to make PRC's valuable service available to our members," said SCBWI president Stephen Mooser. Added NWU president Jonathan Tasini: "SCBWI is a very important partner in our struggle to secure for freelancers a fair share of the profits in new technologies. As a representative of both writers and illustrators, SCBWI also underscores our point that this fight to preserve the independence and diversity of our culture affects *all* creators in *all* genres."

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators represents 10,000 writers, illustrators and others allied in the children's book industry. For more information, visit the SCBWI's home page of the World Wide Web:
<http://www.scbwi.org>.

The National Writers Union, an affiliate of United Auto Workers, represents 4,500 freelance journalists, book authors, technical writers and others. For more information about the NWU or PRC, visit the NWU's home page:
<http://www.nwu.org/nwu/>.

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Irvin Muchnick
Assistant Director
National Writers Union
<irvmuch[_at_]netcom.com>
Received on Thu Sep 05 1996 - 22:26:00 GMT

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