Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Business Card for the Good Doctor



This is a seven minute video showing highlights of the production of a two colour business card for the Doctor at our Dispensary. The video begins showing the cards with the first colour, black, already printed. They have been setting for forty-eight hours. Now we pick up with adding the blue American Optometric Association Logo and horizontal bar, printed in process blue. The logo was drawn on my PC's FreeHand IDE, and transfered to Adobe Illustrator CS4 for the addition of the Optima and Helvetica Neu fonts which reside on my Power Mac G-4.

This video shows the second (blue) dye, the process of make-ready, setting registration, and the actual running of the job. I suspect that the process shown will be somewhat obvious, so I did not feel the need for a boring and verbose narrative. Hence, I went with a sound track written specifically for this video.

The sound track you will hear is a song called "The Printer and His Devil". Each verse alludes to a historic event. Can you guess the sequence? I'll give you a hint, it starts with the closing of the Port of Boston, 1775. The vocal is by your's truly, and for those keeping count or are interested in technical aspects of the recording, it was cut on five tracks: Guitar 1, Guitar2, Harp ( Hohner Marine Band, G) , Synth pad bass line (Kurzweil PC-88) and vocal. Mastered at Q-5 on a Zoom MPS-1608CD 16ch. HD workstation, courtesy Josh Rustin. I play all instrumentals. Board time was six hours.

I will include the lyrics below.

I hope you enjoy "A Business Card for the Good Doctor" and the sound-track "The Printer & His Devil".



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The Printer and His Devil © 2009, G. Johanson

The Printer and his Devil – Are working late tonight
Word came not so very long ago
borne on ships by men in red, a’coming to our shores
. . . the Printer thought that you would like to know . . .

The Printer and his Devil – Are working late tonight
News had come not very long ago
That Washington is burned, but Dolly saved a memory
. . . the Printer thought that you would like to know . . .


So plane the Forme and cut the Frisket –
Pull the Devil’s Tail
For a Towne without a Printer
is like a ship without a sail
The Midnight Oil is burning in
the Printer’s Shop tonight
. . . the Printer thought that you would like to know . . .


The Printer and his Devil – Are working late tonight
A packet came not very long ago
A cannon shot in Charleston took Old Glory from the sky
. . . the Printer thought that you would like to know . . .

The Printer and his Devil – Are working late tonight
A dispatch had arrived not long ago
A pistol shot, a frantic chase – had brought the curtain down
. . . the Printer thought that you would like to know . . .


So plane the Forme and cut the Frisket –
Pull the Devil’s Tail
For a Towne without a Printer
is like a ship without a sail
The Midnight Oil is burning in
the Printer’s Shop tonight
. . . the Printer thought that you would like to know . . .


The Printer and his Devil – Are working late tonight
For a cable came not long ago
The S-O-S that went unheard and ice upon the sea
. . . the Printer thought that you would like to know

The Printer and his Devil – Are working late tonight
The Teleprinter spoke not long ago
A sudden shock, a sudden war, a Harbor known as Pearl
. . . the Printer thought that you would like to know


So plane the Forme and cut the Frisket –
Pull the Devil’s Tail
For a Towne without a Printer
is like a ship without a sail
The Midnight Oil is burning in
the Printer’s Shop tonight
. . . the Printer thought that you would like to know . . .





Good Providence in all your Letterpress Endeavours!

-gary

G. Johanson, Printer


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thoughts on Re-Publishing for Web Dissemination.



This was written largely for members of the Regenerx Listgroup, which I believe to be the world's largest radio listgroup wholly dedicated to the use of the Regenerative Circuit for wireless reception. But some of the below comments may come in handy for other endeavours which involve the use of long out of print literature or published artwork (or music.)

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Ok, here's my novel-length thoughts on re-publishing articles and other parts of literature in whole or in part for web dissemination in a non-profit atmosphere. The Law calls it Re-Distribution, and cares not whether it is for profit or no. Get that straight off. The Judge will not care if you made or did not make any money. Rights of Copy deals with copy and dissemination, or distribution. Those civil issues enter into the settlement phase, IIRC. I've not had to go through this phase, so no first hand knowledge there.

When I started this group back in 2004, my intention was to seek permission for us to republish by re-posting old regenerative-based articles for our references from a number of publications, including the ARRL. Apparently some list-groups (I'll not mention who) either believe they have obtained - or have indeed secured - permission to re-publish and re-post to their respective groups articles from out of the 1920s, 1930s, etc. QSTs and Handbooks.

I attempted to secure such from the League: I was turned down flat, and rather unceremoniously. Since their description of us equates to every other radio newsgroup I've had party to, I wonder just who really has bonafide permission.

Anyway, I let it drop, no problem. And no insult taken, certainly. We were a small group at the time, about 20 members. I can't say I would have responded differently, in fact, had the shoe been on the other foot. I just concluded "We'll get by."

I got an entirely different response, however, from the editor of CQ as I asked permission to reprint articles from Ham Radio Horizons, a former HR publication absorbed by CQ. And here is where I got my first dose of the publishing world and copyrights.

His response went something like this: We (CQ) ourselves are not entirely clear what we can republish from our own [merged] archives. Many of the articles printed over the years, especially from those defunct publications such as HRH, had "One-Time" publishing rights, meaning that once the article was published, the rights of copy revert back to the author. Such is the case with anything ever published by Bill Orr. His Heirs and Assigns [or whomever currently holds rights of copy] perpetuate the W6SAI Industry, and keep close and jealous guard over everything Bill wrote as far back as the E&E handbooks of the late 1930s! These copyrights are renewable, **and are renewed**. Therefore you may find an Orr article from 1946. Leave it alone. Under discussion, specifically, was the use of those very insightful articles Bill wrote for Ham Radio Horizons, and later Ham Radio Report, "Those Old Radio Days", I believe they were entitled.

The Ed. perused our list and my personal site, and contacted me later saying that in his opinion, we are a non profit educational group, and I have a non profit education-drive website. Thus, if I wish to publish by posting an article from said archives, to contact him first, let them go over the story and the' legaleeze' - who possesses rights of copy - and wait for the green flag. And, of course, I honour that.

He also parted a few kind compliments, which I have kept with me.

An interesting article written by Nagel appeared in HRH sometime back in the mid 1970s, called "Those Great Old Radio Mags" or something like that. In this article, the author notes that many of those high profile authors wrote on the sly for other magazines. Same goes for the artists and artwork. This further confuses the landscape. Case in point: I believe ARRL owns rights of copy for all Phil Gildersleeve cartoons, which are absolute classics. (They or Gil's heirs and assigns own the copyrights. Somebody does.) Now, do they only own those printed in League Publications? Ahh, good question, for you see Gil also illustrated "Scratchi" for "Radio" magazine, a major and often antagonistic competitor to QST back in the day! (Vid "Scratchi". Radio, March 1937.)

Can I get my posterior parked in the dock over re-printing the 1929 article on the Bearcat Model B-3? (Vid QST, August, 1929) Yup. Not only can I, but if I persist, I SHALL.

Thus, when it comes to the world of publication, mergers, who purchased what company, etc., walk very carefully when it comes to republishing. Now, can you get in a jam over reprinting a SWC article on the Doerle? Will Fredrick Collins come after you for posting from his Handbook from 1933? Maybe not, but I'll bet Crowell Publications, NY, NY. will! As Regards Short Wave Craft, Hugo Gernsback has been out of business for years, and I don't know if anybody picked up the (c) on these articles or allowed them to lapse into Public Domain.

Best advice I can give in these cases is to follow all crediting protocol, make sure you give author, dates, when published, and the purpose of your publication. Cover yourself so if the day comes you face a judge, you can say that using accepted U&C (Usual and Customary Procedure) you, to the best of your resources and understanding, thought the article to be PD. I doubt malicious intent would be levied, more than likely a simple cessation of publication would be requested and complied with. I wish I could guarantee that. But I can't.

Do not copy a previously republished article. If someone has already done that, and it's seen print, you can bet there's a (c) somewhere. Unless you know that it's definately Public Domain, and it should say so somewhere on the reprint.

As a printer and publisher myself (G. Johanson, Letterpress) I deal with this issue fairly often. I reprint old designs and philatelic art from the 1930s and prior for custom stationery. I locate my own designs from original 19th and early 20th century publications, or base designs from them.

It's an eggwalk! Would you believe a 90-year old Red Cross Christmas Seal may still have copyright protection?? Whoo, yeah boy! I even had to investigate Emily Bissel's 1907 design for our 100th anniversary reprint of the first American Red Cross Christmas Seal (1907 - 2007) The Delaware Valley chapter of the American Red Cross chose not to - or neglected to - renew their rights of copy. Slipped into PD. Yay!! Heh, but my re-design of the original for the centenial IS under (c). Not that anyone is losing sleep over it.

Oh, reprints are available for collectors, btw.

Even some of those classic old QSL card designs have a (c) hovering over them! (Most, fortunately, do not or can be sufficiently modified so as to retain their vintageness and still look very 1920-ish.)

The above is not intended to scare anyone out of trying to preserve those great articles by sharing them - which I consider a worthy endeavour, but to caution that much of what you read
about copyrights can be over generalised and over simplified. Proceed, but with wisdom and caution.

And remember, under law, anything posted to any website, blog or list group is considered publication.

-gary // wd4nka
Listowner, Regenrx.

G. Johanson, Letterpress.