“Complete New Yorker” Crippleware Workaround

A while back I wrote a bit about “The Complete New Yorker” and some copyright issues. Well, apparently that’s not all that’s wrong with what should’ve be a landmark volume.

Boing Boing links to some solutions to the DVDs’ confusing “crippleware” that, among other things…

…requires you to waive your privacy rights to allow “the collection of your viewing information during your use of the Software and/or Content. Viewing information may include, without limitation, the time spent viewing specific pages, the order in which pages are viewed, the time of day pages are accessed, IP address and user ID. This viewing information may be linked to personally identifiable information, such as name or address and shared with third parties.”

And that’s not all.

The same terms-of-service grant you the right to make a backup copy for personal use, but the anti-copying technology prevents you from doing this…

The user-agreement says that if you don’t like this, you can return the set, but of course, every retailer has a policy of not accepting returns of opened software, and that includes the New Yorker. Naturally, you can’t read the agreement until you open the software and put the disc in your computer. Nice one.

Yeesh! What the hell is going on over at the ol’ monocle?!

Please note – I do not in any way suggest you disable their protections, but it’s nice to know you can.

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New Yorker Cartoonists’ Slippery Slope

OK, I’m all for thinking outside the box in growing a brand, but the upcoming “Humor on the Slopes Cartooning Festival” in Beaver Creek, Colorado might be a tad too odd.

The event, slated for Jan. 6-8, will feature six cartoonists from The New Yorker magazine on a visit to Beaver Creek. The cartoonists are some of the magazine’s best-known, including Harry Bliss, Matt Diffee, Ed Koren, Bob Mankoff, Victoria Roberts and Jack Zeigler.

Beaver Creek Resort’s COO, John Garnsey said…

…there’s a lot in common between the types of people who read The New Yorker and the guests the resort is seeking.

”The demographic is a great fit,” he said. “New York is a key market for us, but the magazine is also read internationally and world-wide.”

Then again, they’re all being paid to play in the snow while I’m getting ready to shovel it.


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“Complete New Yorker” Sets Dangerous Precedent

This is all over the blogosphere today re: “The Complete New Yorker”:

The WSJ reports that…

“…when a magazine wants to republish a free-lance work in a new and different format, the free-lancer must be compensated accordingly, two more-recent court rulings have found. That means when republishing articles on DVD or other digital formats, magazines must pay free-lancers again, get their permission to republish free — or preserve the original print context. The New Yorker’s solution was to scan the original magazine pages onto DVDs.”

So as long as they scan in the entire page, they don’t have to pay for further usage.

Methinks the monocle is biting the hand that fed it; not to mention the possible implications for Google’s recent en masse book scanning.

It’s a scary time to be providing content…

(Thanks be to Comics Reporter and Boing Boing.)

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Best Mailbox Yet!

Yes, grab some pretzels and a Shasta ’cause it’s time for more Andertoons mailbox!

(Note – Names have not been included, but the quotes themselves are exactly what I received, minus the bold formatting.)

hello how are u i am fine

also fine c ya

hello u have great cartoons, you are very talinted. your cartoons are funny and set the right example toward others, from ur 13 year old friend

Honestly, this is a nice change of pace. I’m not sure even I would follow my example, but thanks for the kudos.

I was wondering if you took advertisements on your blog site. My agency represents the New Yorker and would like to perhaps put up some banner ads on your site. When you get a chance let me know if you accept ads, and if so what the pricing is like. Thanks!

OK, this has gotta be a combination of the most flattering and most ironic email I’ve gotten thus far.

The New Yorker has never been wild about my cartoons, in fact they hardly ever even bother to send a rejection, (Wait, maybe they’ve all been published and there’s some bookkeeping snafu! Note to self: check back issues…) so the prospect of them ponying up some cash is attractive, but then again, this is a chance to reject The New Yorker! I mean how many cartoonists are given this opportunity!?

After a few days, some emails back and forth, and close examination with my monocle, I’ve decided to decline their offer.

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