It is nice to be back writing and not scanning pages. The last two months, I have been
doing something I promised many people as well as my self to get done for a very long time.
It all started due to a lack of contract jobs and getting an email looking for a copy of a certain article
from an old TCJ. Being the last publisher of TCJ still active on the net, it is not unusal
for me to get requests. I found the issue and scanned the article, only to reconsider what
I had done some days later. It turned out I don't think I should have done it that way.
Let me explain.
Copyrights are a tricky business even for those who work and study the problem. I had clear
rights to everything while publisher, but I never had long term rights to the articles. You
see Art orginally obtained only the first publishing right for articles, the author retains
all right after that. As I understand what that means, as Publisher I can print and distribute
the magazine in its entirety but can not reprint separate articles as those rights remain with
the author. So I believe I can legally scan an entire issue and distribute the complete
PDF of the magazine as a whole ( articles and ads, and anything elese within the two covers).
Publishing an article separated from the whole, however I can not do.
Once I cleared up what I felt leagaly I could do, I decided I had the time and it was now or
never to do the scanning. I did all the scanning using xsane under linux, which went very
fast even with over 4000 pages to do. I had problems with alignment of the scan since the
magazines are trimmed after binding and that trimming is not always square with the page.
Some pages came out great, others didn't do so well, as they were copies of copies. It seems
I have a compelete set, two to be exact, but neither set includes an orginal issue #12,
just copies of it. So I did my best for now, figuring if something is a miss, I will
hear about it and at that point try and fix it.
It is important to note that the section "Reader-to-Reader" contains mini articles or
just very long letters. these mini articles contains lots of great facts and help tips.
The problem is finding them - there is no cross reference of these small discussions.
The Table of Contents PDF is just the front cover of early issues, and later when a
true listing of what was in the magazine was done, that page is included. The TOC will help
find some of the articles, but otherwise your need to just read each issue to see what
is really there. I suspect after a few cover to cover reads, you see what I mean and
enjoy doing it that way.
I can see that the back issues are already being downloaded long before I finished
scanning them all in. I plan on watching this for a while and see if I get more requests
for some other files or support items. By that I mean, I have some 8 inch and 5 inch disks
with lots of legal software I want to get rid of. You see several years ago I was planning
on moving and thus started clearing out my stash of old stuff. I still have a few items
yet to get rid of, and will be trying to sell them ( or give them away) soon. The object is
to get down to a few items that can fit in file boxes and thus if we do move as was planned
some time ago ( before the economy took a dump) I need far less stuff than I currently have.
So check out my for sale items and maybe you can score a few good old items from TCJ's past.
Well that is about all I can say about scanning in TCJ and looking through my old files. There is some pretty great stuff in those old back issues and check out my for sale section as I continue to find old items I no longer need or want. Enjoy.