Updated 18 June 1999The Atlanta Journal Constitution ran a "special report" on prison sports Sunday 22 March 1998. The report consisted of four sections. The sections were titled:
Congratulations to the author, Matt Winkeljohn, for his extensive research and excellent work in preparing these articles.
Earlier, we posted the report here for your convenince, however, the Atlanta Journal Constitution saw it otherwise. Please read our correspondence with them below. Bottom line, they wanted us to pay them $200 a year to display the article after our site and myself were major contributors to their article. Imagine a few expletives here !!!!!.
Warning to US
Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 16:18:42 -0400 From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Subject: Web site reprint permission To whom it may concern: It has come to our attention that your web site has produced all or virtually all of an article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Atlanta Journal and Constitution own the copyright to this article, and while you may not be aware of it, the reproduction of the article without our permission violates copyright law. The Journal-Constitution would be pleased to consider granting your organization permission to continue displaying the article. Obtaining permission involves the payment of a small fee and the inclusion of some simple prescribed language giving source credit to the Journal-Constitution. If you would like to obtain permission, please fax a letter to 404-614-2701. If you do not want to obtain permission, we ask that you remove the article from your web site immediately, and contact me promptly to let me know that you have done so. You may contact me at 404-582-7561 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have received this letter in error, and have already obtained reprint permission, we do apologize. Please fax me a copy of your invoice and reprint permission form to 404-614-2701 so we may correct our records. We appreciate your prompt attention to this matter. Sincerely, Jennifer Ryan
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1999 08:20:09 -0700 (PDT) From: Gary Polson
To: email@example.com Subject: Re: Web site reprint permission On Mon, 31 May 1999 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > To whom it may concern: > > It has come to our attention that your web site has produced all or > virtually all of an article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Hello! I would like to explain the situation in which the article was reprinted. We run an educational web site on the issue of weight lifting in prisons. http://www.strengthtech.com You will note the article in question, http://www.strengthtech.com/correct/issues/mediais/ajc/ajc.htm Included a link to your web site and was properly referenced. My non-profit web site was actually extensively used by Mr. Winkeljohn in preparation of the article and I also was personally interviewed. A great deal of information was supplied to AJC at no charge. We also called national attention to this article at the 1998 National Correctional Recreation Assoc Convention, just prior to its printing. We encouraged all present to try to obtain a copy of the Sunday AJC. We try to provide access to legislation and media coverage of the issue of lifting in prisons. When a publisher such a you archives the text and charges for access, we have seen many eventually stop providing access even for a fee (the article is permanently lost). Also, our readers are usually very reluctant to try to find their way through your system, setup and account, and order the article. In the interest of trying to get them to read it, we provided a copy (but we did encourage them to read the one from your site first). We do this on a totally non-profit basis and have invested thousands of man hours in the website. Would you please consider some method by which we could come in compliance without being charged a fee. Thank you for your assistance! gary polson strength tech stillwater ok
Their Final Response
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 1999 16:45:11 -0400 From: email@example.com To: Gary Polson
Subject: Re: Web site reprint permission Thank you for your prompt reply and explanation. To protect the integrity of our newspaper, we must keep track of organizations and individuals that reprint our material, thus we require that reprint permission must always be obtained prior to distribution. At this time, reprint permission fees are waived for only educational institutions. All non-profit organizations are charged the same fee. For web reprint permission, the fee for non-profits is $50/per article for the period of one year. If you would like to continue displaying the four AJC articles on your site, please mail a check for $200 to: Stacks Information Service P.O. Box 4689 Atlanta, GA 30302 If you choose not to pay, please take the articles down within the next 30 days, and message me to let me know that you have done so. You may cite the articles and link to our Stacks archive service at no charge. While the archive does charge for full-text viewing, I can assure you that the articles will not be permanently lost, but will remain in the archive forever. The web address is : http://stacks.ajc.com Please let me know if you have any questions by e-mailing me or calling 404-582-7561. Thank you very much, Jennifer Ryan News Research Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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