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Copyright permission--please respond ASAP

Postby bardona » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:37 pm UTC

Help!!! After multiple emails to Randall Munroe, I am getting no response on a reprint request. I am now past the publisher's deadline, and this is holding up the entire project. Can someone bring this request to the attention of Mr. Munroe ASAP? Attention would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance. All I need is an email 'yes' on this reprint. I am copying the original email below, which includes a description of the project. Please let me know if you need any more information. Please ask Mr. Munroe to respond!!! Sorry about multiple postings, but i am not sure where to put this where Mr. Munroe might see it.

Best wishes,
Adrian Bardon
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Wake Forest University
bardona@wfu.edu

Dear Mr. Munroe,

I am editing a book entitled *The Future of the Philosophy of Time* (to be published by Routledge), which includes essays by several leading philosophers. One of the essays, by Prof. Jenann Ismael of the University of Arizona, includes one of your comics: http://xkcd.com/688.

On Routledge's behalf, I would like to request non-exclusive rights to publish the comic in English editions of this book, including e-books.
This is a text intended for specialists and graduate students. The initial printing is 250 copies, aiming mostly at the academic library market. Appropriate credit will be given in the book's acknowledgments. Please let me know what the wording of the acknowledgment should be.

If you agree, all I need is an email granting this permission. As I am working under the publisher's timeline, I hope you will be able to respond quickly.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,
Adrian Bardon

PS. You may be interested in knowing the context in which the comic is used. The essay is called "Decision and the Open Future" --here is the text introducing the comic:

When I want to know what others judge about some matter, I gather psychological evidence about them. When I want to know what I judge, I judge. When I want to know what others will decide, I gather psychological evidence relevant to their decisions. When I want to know what I will decide, I decide. In doing so, I’m not trying to predict the outcome of a program or process that occurs somewhere or somewhen else, I implement the process. No evidential constraints can be relevant because there is no hope of being wrong. The same is true when a jury pronounces a verdict or the Supreme Court announces a decision. When the spokesperson for a jury says ‘we, the jury, find the defendant guilty’, he can be wrong about the guilt of the suspect, but not about the finding of the jury. When the Supreme Court issues a judgment of the form ‘We, the court, rule that the law is unconstitutional’, they can be wrong that the law is unconstitutional, but not that they so rule.
I am not just predicting what I will decide when I deliberate towards a conclusion, I am making it so. Like promises, commitments, orders (e.g., “I (hereby) promise to x”, “I (hereby) order you to y”), judgment and volition in the first person present tense are self-fulfilling self-descriptions that have a performative character. And like performatives, they have the kind of immunity to error also possessed by these graphs. They are like wildcards whose value the mind gets to set in a manner unconstrained by anything from outside.

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Re: Copyright permission--please respond ASAP

Postby joshz » Sun Apr 10, 2011 7:46 pm UTC

I'm not Randall and he doesn't read the fora, but this is on the website:
xkcd's license wrote: You can use them freely (with some kind of link) in not-for-profit publications, and I'm also okay with people reprinting occasional comics (with clear attribution) in publications like books, blogs, newsletters, and presentations

So I'd say as long as you attribute it to him/xkcd (maybe in a caption or something), it should be fine.
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Re: Copyright permission--please respond ASAP

Postby SecondTalon » Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:11 pm UTC

I assume you've e-mailed press@xkcd.com. Randall doesn't read the forums, and it's difficult to say if anyone still in regular contact with him reads them as well. I could theorize as to why no one has responded from press@xkcd.com, but none of my conclusions would have much merit. If you e-mailed anything else, such as Orders@xkcd, davean@xkcd, admin@xkcd or any other e-mail, it's likely it was ignored.

Something like "xkcd #xxx by Randall Munroe. First published on www.xkcd.com" would most likely be sufficient.
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Re: Copyright permission--please respond ASAP

Postby bardona » Sun Apr 10, 2011 8:19 pm UTC

The book is being sold for profit by Routledge, so this is technically a commercial publication. I need permission.

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Re: Copyright permission--please respond ASAP

Postby mdyrud » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:06 pm UTC

joshz wrote:I'm not Randall and he doesn't read the fora, but this is on the website:
xkcd's license wrote: You can use them freely (with some kind of link) in not-for-profit publications, and I'm also okay with people reprinting occasional comics (with clear attribution) in publications like books, blogs, newsletters, and presentations

So I'd say as long as you attribute it to him/xkcd (maybe in a caption or something), it should be fine.

The way I read that is that it's okay for not-for-profit, and it's okay for occasional comics in publications like books. Since this is only one comic, and it isn't the main focus of the book, it looks like the license would definitely allow for that.

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Re: Copyright permission--please respond ASAP

Postby bardona » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:56 pm UTC

Thanks, that is a possible interpretation--the issue is convincing Routledge and their lawyers!


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