Re: UbuWeb, High Beam, Millennium Film Journal

From: Robert Schaller (email suppressed)
Date: Fri Jun 20 2008 - 08:54:04 PDT

I visited the link to High Beam and viewed the "Copyright Information" for
one of the articles, and got this:

"Copyright information Copyright Millennium Film Workshop Inc. Fall 2006.
Provided by ProQuest LLC"

What is ProQuest LLC? Is it not just High Beam taking articles, but another
company taking articles and selling them to third parties like high beam,
all without ever getting copyright clearance? Does anyone know about this?
Have you, Grahame, ever heard of ProQuest? If not, how can they provide
something -- copyright -- that they don't have in the first place?

On 6/20/08 6:55 AM, "millennium film journal" <email suppressed> wrote:

> I have been following the Ubuweb discussion with interest. Of course I
> agree that artists have a right to control and compensation, and that
> image quality is often of paramount importance. But I also believe
> that works produced by independent film- and video-makers are of
> enormous cultural significance. Many of the moving image works
> celebrated in Frameworks should be as highly valued and readily
> available, as central to our education and visual culture, as the
> works of Van Gogh, Pollock, or Monet. On these grounds, there is
> something positive about Ubuweb, or at least to the intentions behind
> it . . .
> I have been an editor of the Millennium Film Journal for a couple of
> decades. We made the journal available on-line in the early days of
> the web. The idea was that access to writings about art cinema is a
> way of disseminating knowledge of the work.
> contains full texts of articles and indexes, but no images. The
> website is always a few issues behind the printed version, and essays
> on the site only go back to 1992, when we started receiving texts in
> file form. The amount of traffic we get indicates that many people use
> the site as a resource. The finances of the journal are never secure,
> but we are willing to lose potential sales for the sake of making
> scholarship about experimental cinema available . . .
> I recently found that our articles are being offered for sale on-line:
> It is the counterpoint to the Ubuweb problem. This outfit, High Beam,
> is selling what we are trying to give away. Does anybody have any
> ideas what we should do about this?
> Grahame Weinbren
> Editor
> Millennium Film Journal
> __________________________________________________________________
> For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.

For info on FrameWorks, contact Pip Chodorov at <email suppressed>.