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An open letter from freelances at Nautilus magazine

FREELANCES in the US have even poorer provision for enforcing their rights than elsewhere. There is, at last, a move to set up relatively affordable Small Claims procedures - in the shape of a Bill before the House of Representatives, the would-be Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcemen Act (CASE Act). (The Electronic Frontier Foundation is opposing it in case, you know, people have to pay for copyright infringements.)

In the meantime, nineteen contributors to Nautilus magazine have resorted to publishing an open letter to its publisher: "As of December 13, we are writers and editors awaiting payment from Nautilus magazine for a collective debt totalling $50,000. Some of us have been waiting to be paid for more than a year." They ask you to Tweet out #paynautiluswriters. (Tweet this article using the button by the banner! [1]).

"Hopes were high when Nautilus magazine was founded four years ago as 'a New Yorker version of Scientific American' featuring well-researched and thoughtful articles on science and philosophy," they write. It was "created with a grant from the John Templeton Foundation... [the publisher] promised to pay upon completion of a pending merger with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS."

[1] Self-promotion? Yes: but also avoids spending an hour or two writing code to provide a link to Tweet directly while obtaining your consent to Twitter's cookie policy.

17 Dec 2017

Observations on the Templeton Foundation have been removed (for now): it offered a fixed grant over two years which has now expired.