April 14, 2008 E-MAIL PRINT

Book Deals Update

There's been a good deal of talk over the past month about management efforts to squeeze IAPE-represented employees for a share of what they might make by writing a book.

It all seems to boil down to the company's contention that it owns everything associated with your reporting — and that unless you agree to share the proceeds, you can't write the book. We believe that's nonsense, based on both established copyright law and the rulings of the Supreme Court.

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We've posted an advisory memo on the IAPE website explaining our position in detail.

The company has the right to grant — or deny — book leave to an employee. And it can offer marketing assistance in exchange for a share of your proceeds — but it cannot force you to accept the offer by laying claim to ownership of your notes and/or ideas that may be related to your reporting.

If you have any problems, let us know.

Steve Yount
President
IAPE CWA 1096


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