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Artmedia - e-publishing news - July/August 2003

   Margaret Preston book/site - Aboriginal art and design
   Ern Malley, the world's greatest literary hoax
   Believers in Love, Festival appearances, Canada and USA

e-Publishing Report:
   How to Deal With Online Media Pirates

   2003 University of Queensland Vanguard Literary Award
   Kaleidoscope video, film and multimedia Festival, Australia
   The Surface, an online chronicle of observation and comment
   7th New Media Writers Workshop, Nottingham, UK

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Welcome to the July/August 2003 edition of the e-publishing
quarterly from Artmedia. This newsletter now reaches over
9,000 writers, publishers, bookshops, libraries and media-
smiths in Australia, New Zealand, America, and Canada.

With this issue we welcome another thousand poets and
writers in North America, and remind any on the list who may
wish to unsubscribe, to simply hit reply, and type unsubscribe
in the subject line. If you are getting a number of copies, it is
because of multiple email addresses, and to unsuscribe a
number of addresses simply list them in the body of the email.

In the features this month, we have a book of essays by
Australian artist Margaret Preston, who wrote a series of
controversial essays on Aboriginal art and design, and its
place in the creation of a national art for Australia.

With August comes Peter Carey's latest work My Life as a
Fake - the story of a hoax poet in Australia's wartime... So
now is the time to log in to www.ernmalley.com and see the
story behind the world's greatest literary hoax.

And I promote my upcoming North American appearances
with my novel, Believers in Love, at the Winnipeg and the
Ottawa Writers Festivals in Canada, and at the Putnam
Storytelling Festival in New York.

In the e-Publishing Report this month we reproduce an article
by Alicia Karen Elkins on How to Deal With Online Pirates.
Alicia has been in print for a decade, but she is also a private
investigator, and her 'nuts and bolts' account of the legal steps
to take to secure payment, shows this experience.

In the networking, we have information on the University
of Queensland Vanguard Literary Award, we present the new
multimedia categories at the Kaleidoscope video, film and
multimedia Festival in Sydney, plus we have information on the
7th New Media Writers Workshop in Nottingham, England.

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electronic publishing community worldwide, so please send us
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and find a copy of the latest issue of both newsletters.

While you are there, check out the Physical TV site, which has
information on Richard James Allen and Karen Pearlman's Dance
Films, and books, including Performing the Unnameable, an
anthology of contemporary Australian physical performance scripts.

South Australian author Adrian Rogers, has three fantasy novels
published as e-books - on CD Rom or by direct download. Check
out his free short story. http://www.artmedia.com.au/cathar.htm

Alan Clay's novels, Moontan, www.artmedia.com.au/moontan.htm
Dance Sisters www.artmedia.com.au/dance.htm and Believers in
Love http://www.artmedia.com.au/believer.htm are also featured.

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Feature: Margaret Preston's 'Art and Australia': Selected Writings

Australian artist Margaret Preston (1875-1963) wrote a series of
controversial essays on Aboriginal art and design, and its place in
the creation of a national art for Australia. Forty years after her
death, they have been compiled by Elizabeth Butel for the first time
as Margaret Preston's ART AND AUSTRALIA: Selected Writings
1920-1950 (Richmond Imprint ISBN 1 920688 14 5; $29.95).

This large-format volume is 136 pages and includes 30 essays and
30 black & white woodcuts, addressing Preston's recurring
preoccupations - 'modern' art, an Australian national art and the
craft of art-making - including her woodblocking, pottery and silk-
screen methods.

ETT Imprint have also been creating a new 8th edition of Margaret
Preston by Elizabeth Butel, due out August, with 16 pages of colour
images. Both works can be seen on Imprint's website for the artist
on www.margaretpreston.com, which contains many resources and
links for Preston who is studied at primary, secondary and tertiary
levels throughout Australia. Further information through the website
or from the publisher Tom Thompson on (61 2) 9387 8672 or fax
(61 2) 9369 4031. e-mail ggumques@nsw.bigpond.net.au

Feature: Ern Malley, the world's greatest literary hoax

With August comes Peter Carey's latest work My Life as a
Fake - the story of a hoax poet in Australia's wartime... So
now is the time to log in to www.ernmalley.com and see the
story behind the world's greatest literary hoax.

Read how two conservative Oz poets tried to mock the
modernist movement by submitting the poems of the "dead Ern"
Malley to Max Harris at Angry Penguins magazine. When the
hoax emerged, Harris was pilloried - and Ern shone brightest.

Feature: Stories from 'Believers in Love' in America

Alan Clay's third novel, 'Believers in Love', is now available on
order through bookshops and on-line stores worldwide. Order
the paperback, or download the eBook. Upcoming North
American Tour Appearances:

Winnipeg Writers Festival, Canada, September 18 to 28
Ottawa Writers Festival, Canada, October 1 to 10
Putnam Storytelling Festival, New York, USA, October 11
'Whole Note' Poetry Readings, Berkeley, California, October 28
'It's About Time' Readings, Seatle, Oregon, USA, November 13

    "Profound observations of life, art and love... Believers in Love
    is a powerfully creative work, with prose that sings like poetry.
    Beautifully told and evocatively rendered, this novel comes very
    highly recommended." wordweaving.com

Find links to the Winnipeg, Ottawa and Putnam festivals under
Festivals at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm And to suggest
a reading, e-mail readings@artmedia.com.au Find reviews and
more info on the book at www.artmedia.com.au/believer.htm

e-Publishing Report - 'Beating Online Piracy' by Alicia Karen Elkins

The first step in protecting yourself from media pirates is to post
a notice on the first page of your web site that states none of your
work may be used without your written permission and you will
prosecute media pirates to the fullest extent of the law. The
second step is to run your name through search engines on a
regular basis. Carefully review each listing and make notes
about any that are not markets to which you submitted.

Follow each unrecognized link to the site and check out why they
have a link to your name or work. You need to write down:
The full URL for the page with your work, the owner's e-mail
address, the full name and address of the owner of the site, and
the date of the post, if shown, or the issue date and number. You
can often find a website owner's contact information by typing the
URL into this site: http://dns411.com/

Make a print out of the web page containing your work and the
home page for the site. Label a large envelope with "copyright
infringement" and place all records about the case inside. Store in a
safe place. Be sure to include the amount of time you spend on the
case, so keep a log, and any trips you make, costs for copies,
telephone calls, and so forth. If you get a judgment against a media
pirate, you are entitled to recoup all expenses incurred to file the
claim, appear in court, and collect the amount awarded to you.

The next step is to notify the site that they are using your work
illegally and demand payment. State the amount owed (estimate
what you think the publication of your piece is worth) and the length
of time they may use your work once they compensate you. Save a
copy of all correspondence sent. Print out a hard copy for the case
envelope. You will need to prove that you made an honest effort to
contact the owner of the site.

Allow a reasonable amount of time for a reply. If the owner replies,
restate your demand for payment. They will likely tell you that they
did not know it was illegal to use your work or that they are doing
you a favor by supplying exposure for you and your work. Be strong
and do not allow them to use your work illegally. The law is on your
side. Demand payment. If the owner does not respond, send your
demand for payment again. Wait another few days and send a notice
that they have 72 hours to respond or you will take legal action.

After the final 72 hours, contact the internet service provider (ISP)
where their site is hosted. Locate the home site for the ISP and look
for a link about copyrights. If you do not see such a link, contact
the ISP through their "help" link and ask for contact information for
their copyright infringement agent. They will provide you with
instructions for filing a complaint. Another way to do this is to
check the "directory of copyright agents" for the ISP's agent listing
at the U. S. Copyright Office web site at:

You will have to sign a statement and mail or fax it to the agent.
The statement must contain a description of the work, the URL
where it is illegally used, a statement that the work does belong to
you and nobody else has the authority to publish the work, and a
statement that you did not authorize use of the work by the site.
Ask the ISP to supply you with the full name and address of the
owner of the site if you did not find it on the site. They will
probably tell you that state and federal laws prohibit the release
of this information without a court order.

Next, take a printout of the privacy act statement from the ISP and
your copies of correspondence to a local court clerk and ask for an
appointment to see the judge. Any court that is willing to issue a
court order for release of information will work, but it is easiest
to get it from a civil or small claims court. This can be accomplished
in the judge's chambers without having a hearing. Send a copy of
the order to the ISP. They will then send you the address.

When you get the address, go online and do a search of the city and
state. You need to find the county name. Next search for the county
Small Claims Court. Look for their contact information and read all
information about filing a small claim. Many courts will allow you to
file the claim by mail and to have the person served through certified
mail. If the information is not given, call the court clerk and ask if you
can file my mail.

File your claim. Include an itemized list of all your expenses,
including your time figured at an hourly rate as stated in Writer's
Market or other writer's reference manual. Do not ask for a lower
rate. Include the following statements in your itemization: "Actual
costs to appear in court. Receipts will be provided." If you are more
than 100 miles from the court, add this statement: "Cost of travel
required for court appearance." Count your time lost from productive
work or any wages lost due to the travel and court appearance.

Be thorough, but observe the court's rules for the maximum amount
that can be filed as a small claim. If the amount is more than
allowed in small claims court, you will have to file a civil suit for
fraudulent use and damages. File the claim and request to have the
defendant served through certified mail by the court. Once you are
notified of the court date, make your travel arrangements. Take any
proof of copyright to the hearing, magazines, books, and so forth.

Getting the judgment is much easier than collecting it, especially
with the sites that believe they have done nothing wrong in posting
your work on their personal site. Often they will tell you that they
will never pay. If they do not readily agree to pay in the courtroom,
take your copy of the order straight to the county's title office and
register a lien against all property owned by the person. This can
mean anything from a lien on their vehicle or boat to a lien against
their home. They cannot legally sell it or trade it without paying you.

The only way to stop piracy is to pursue each incident through
court. As long as you have fully documented the incident and all of
your costs to take it to court, you will win your case and receive
compensation for the trouble. Often the media pirate will pay the
claim before court to get the case dropped. If enough writers start
prosecuting cases, word will soon circulate that media piracy is a
costly adventure. Only then will writers be able to publish their
work without losing it to people that "really liked it."


Alicia Karen Elkins grants free reprint rights of this article to
anybody wishing to spread the word about media pirates. Let's
eradicate media piracy! Alicia Karen Elkins has been in print for a
decade. She is currently working to complete her MA in Creative
Writing. She is also a licensed private investigator.


"Dear Editor, The UQ Vanguard Literary Award is now in its
second year, with an increased prize pool of $4,000. 2003 UQ
Vanguard Literary Award, sponsored by Archives Fine Books.
Deadline: 1st of September 2003. First place: $3,500 +
publication for top five stories. Also: $500 bonus LiterARTure
Award. Short story: 3000 to 5000 words, with option to illustrate.
Conditions and entry form available on the web site.Contact
email: uqvanguard@uq.edu.au With thanks and best wishes from
everyone at UQ Vanguard," Max Leskiewicz, President. Find
this link under Awards at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm

"This year the Kaleidoscope Festival in Sydney has added three
Multimedia Categories - Interactive Fiction, Non-Fiction and
Game, making it one of the few Festivals to embrace the range
of new media over the scope of the digital spectrum. Multimedia
is increasingly becoming the language of the emerging generation
of artists and filmmakers. Metro Screen Kaleidoscope has
responded to this by putting together prize packages that will enable
Multimedia practitioners to create further works using state of the
art equipment and facilities. The festival will enable multimedia
practitioners to exhibit their work in public forum to a large
audience. The Interactive Multimedia Exhibition is part of the
festival program. Nine pods will be installed in the Metro Screen
studio, each housing one of the finalists works -three Interactive
Fictions, three Interactive Non-Fictions and three Interactive
Games. Multimedia industry leaders will open the exhibition with a
presentation about working and living in the interactive realm. The
exhibition will take place on Thursday November 13th at Metro
Screen, located in the Sydney Film Centre, Paddington Town Hall,
Sydney, Australia. Productions can be any genre on any format.
Length: eight minutes including titles and credits. Entry Deadline:
August 1 at 5pm. Prizes: 14 categories. Entrants: All members of
Screen Development Australia. Screenings: November 10 to 14."
Katrina Beck. Find a link to Kaleidoscope under Festivals at

"Dear Alan, We are seeking submissions for our online Arts
and literature magazine - The Surface is a chronicle of
observation and comment. A shop window for aspiring writers,
poets, illustrators, photographers, journalists and essayists. We
offer no fee. The Surface is completely, wholeheartedly and
fiercely independent - it involves no charge at any time to either
reader or contributor - the surface is self funded by donations.
If you would like your work to be made available to literary
agents, art directors and editors then please feel free to
contribute. Each edition of The Surface will be hung on a theme,
and each theme is broad and open to many interpretations. The
Surface is intended to represent the diversity and talents of
creative people. Submissions should reflect the interests of
international readers." Sincerely, Kelly Mason. Find this link
under On-line magazines at www.artmedia.com.au/links1.htm

"Call for participation in the 7th New Media Writers Workshop
How can a writer's message be expressed in new media? What
does new media offer that print does not? And in an age when
new media has become increasingly professional, how can an
individual produce work of a high enough standard--including
text, graphics, animation, sound, programming etc. etc?
The 7th New Media Writers' Workshop, part of the Hypertext
03 conference in Nottingham, will explore these questions and
more. This workshop is also open to non-conference attendees.
When: One-day live f2f workshop: Saturday August 30th in
Nottingham, UK. The cost for this is 50 - can be sent in
advance or paid on the day. Asynchronous web workshop at
the trAce Forums from August 17th through to September 30th
to discuss the issues and further develop works in progress.
Participants will be chosen as a result of a call for participation,
and essay answers to that call. Criteria for participation will be
that participants represent a broad range of interests in the field.
You can apply for the workshop alone or attend the
accompanying conference." helen.whitehead@ntu.ac.uk

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