DISCUSS: Should Tweeters Be Compensated for Contributions to Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

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By Edward Nawotka

Today’s feature looks at some of the copyright and compensation issues surrounding the publication of the book Tweets from Tahrir, a collection of tweets that has been collated, edited and expected to be published shortly by OR Books in the United States.

The issue is complicated and has implications for how publishers will treat social media contributions that are incorporated into books in the future. In many ways, it is setting a precedent. Based on your reading of our story, do you think the tweeters should be compensated for their contributions in the book? What other issues do you anticipate OR Books and those who follow them will face in the future?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

Edward Nawotka is the Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. A former foreign correspondent, he has covered the book business since 2000, serving as daily news editor for Publishers Weekly and columnist for Bloomberg News.