Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Biographical Dictionary of Authors Guild Insiders: Anita Fore

Considering the lack of transparency and accountability down in the U.S. House of Representatives, now is an opportune time to post another entry in The Biographical Dictionary of Authors Guild Insiders. The Authors Guild “insiders” are those senior staff members who worked in smoke-filled backrooms with the Guild's publishing allies to craft a spurious legal agreement in a brazen attempt to sell the copyrighted works of tens of thousands of non-Guild writers to Google for $125 million. Here’s the entry for Anita Fore:

Director of Legal Services Anita Fore, a 1996 graduate of the Duke University School of Law, who has reviewed hundreds of book contracts and advised members on countless business, book contract issues, book, and on-line publishing contracts and copyright matters since joining the Guild's staff in 2000, contributed her extensive knowledge of book contracts, copyright and electronic rights issues during our negotiations.

Previous entries include biographical sketches of the Guild’s executive director, Paul Aiken, and general counsel, Jan Constantine.

Note: Information taken directly from legal documents posted in The Public Index, a website devoted to the proposed Google Book Settlement (GBS). A federal judge is scheduled to approve or disapprove the proposed revised settlement (GBS 2.0) in the near future.

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