Originally posted by Jeff Eline:
I like the site. One question... I saw the essay from Eugene Burger is from a Genii issue. Who owns the content after it's published? Genii or Eugene? Just curious how the business works... Thanks
It will be interesting to see what Richard replies, but typically a magazine publisher buys from a free lance author "1st North American serial rights" -- that is, the right for the first publication in a periodical in North America. A recent decision by the Supreme Court implies that the periodical may republish the periodical containing that article, but not the article as a stand-alone item. In other words, if Genii had a database of online articles, and charged to view them, they would have to reimburse the author some amount. If they sold access by a whole issue of the magazine, rather than by article, probably not. If Kaufman published a "Best of Genii" book, then he would have to renegotiate payment.
This all presumes that when an author sells an article to Genii (or any magazine, for that matter), there is no contract that specifies anything else. The original deal may spell out a negotiation for more rights than above, or it may be for "work for hire", in which case the publisher buys everything, all rights in perpetuity, even for media which haven't been invented yet.
Do an internet search for NY Times vs. Tasini for some background on how online databases of periodicals have been turned on their heads.