Fake protest against libraries

May 18, 2010 at 6:50 pm 1 comment

In 2002, after asking themselves “What would be the most absurd place to picket? What is the one place that no one in their right mind would oppose?,” Improv Everywhere staged a fake protest, “Writers Against Piracy,” at the NYPL. WAP members chanted “Only crooks … check out books!” and said writers should receive royalties from libraries. (This is actually not as crazy as it sounds — I believe that in some countries authors do receive small payments based on library borrowing records. Anybody know more about that?)

Entry filed under: public libraries.

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  • 1. Deborah Fitchett  |  May 20, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    It happens in the UK. I think the libraries send data to some central agency which portions out the money among the authors whose books were borrowed. Actual UKans would probably know more. 🙂


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