Authors and publishers have long profited from and battled with one another. Now, however, the Internet, CD-ROMs, and other electronic media are providing brand new sources of profit and conflict. The latest battleground is: Who has the right to take printed works and republish them in electronic form?

Publishers say they own this right, citing Tasini v. New York Times Co. [FOOTNOTE 1]Freelance authors say they own the republication rights, and they have an even more recent federal court ruling to support their claims: Ryan v. Carl. [FOOTNOTE 2]With the Tasinijudgment on appeal, the ultimate outcome of this battle is far from certain.

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