DC Reid, over at Creators’ Access Copyright, responds to John Degen’s full-throated defence of Access Copyright (covered here and here), by reminding us what is at stake for creators in the whole Access Copyright-universities battle royale. In short, not very much. In numbers, a baseline payment of only $175 per author per year, or 10% of total revenue:
Writers get a small payment from the repertoire class. Last year the baseline was $175. That’s all. This does not comprise meaningful income. 80% of writers got less than the previous year’s baseline of $612, also a figure that does not comprise meaningful income.
In terms of policy battles, this doesn’t look like the type of hill worth fighting for. If you’re a writer.