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Electronic Book Rights

Yesterday in the NY times an article was published, Random House Cedes Some Digital Rights to Styron Heirs. The family of William Styron, author of such books as Sophie’s Choice, has claimed right to creating digital books. Random House has conceded this right citing family circumstances, but has been vague about the circumstances. This concession is in opposition to their general assertion that they have the rights to ebooks. I’m interested to see where this will lead. I wonder if aggressive estates like those we discussed in class will use this case as a precedent to gain back rights. Do you think families deserve the rights to electronic copies since they are not explicitly given to publishers? Or do you think that these rights should be given to the publishers because no one had knowledge of the technologies when the original contracts were created?