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I too received the same message yesterday and this isn't the first time my work has been included in a book without asking. I wrote a message to say as much and that i would have thought the publisher would have insisted for that work to be done ahead of time. I would have been ok being included but it odd for a book to be about fanzines and their culture and not treat the subjects with courtesy and respect.
Also, I'm making a note of this to talk about at the Portland Zine Symposium in the Zine Ethics discussion.
Showing a zine in a video for review is an entirely different thing than copying contents from that zine and publishing it for profit in a book. One's fair use, the other is stealing.
I received a response from Ms. Triggs this morning.
Many thanks for your email and sharing with me these concerns. I wanted to let you know that I fully appreciate your comments and do take these on board.
However, I also would like to respond to two points:
‘Sending it at the same time (when your book is due out)’.
The majority of permissions were obtained well in advance. In the interim, personal circumstances prevailed and unfortunately, when reviewing the list recently, I noted a small group of emails had fallen through the gaps. Hence the late notifications. I am trying to rectify this situation by contacting as many before publication as I can. I certainly realise this is less than satisfactory. All I can do is apologise profusely.
‘Maybe zines aren't a big deal to you...’
I have been involved in the zine community for nearly 20 years and I am as passionate about zines as I was the first day I came across one growing up in the States. As a collector and design historian, I am asked to speak frequently on the subject in the UK, Australia and the US, at zine fayres and symposia, the women’s library, to students, etc. The majority of these talks are done gratis as I feel it important to give back what support I can. The book has emerged out of my conversations with zine producers over the years and a passion for the subject. Many of the zinesters featured in the book are friends.
This is not an excuse, but rather a clarification.
Best wishes and apologies once again – it was certainly never my intention to hurt anybody’s feelings.