Publisher using part of my LT review for it's own marketing

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Publisher using part of my LT review for it's own marketing

1Ignatius777
Editat: oct. 4, 2020, 4:35am

Flattering in a way that they think one of my lines is worth of marketing spiel but is this in the LT/ER T&C's ?

I suspect not personally - and have asked the publisher why they didn't ask me first/credit me.

Bit naughty in my book - anyone else experienced this ?

Book is https://www.librarything.com/work/25205740/reviews/189195705 and the first two sentences have been taken pretty much wholly and put in their latest marketing email to me about their book.

2MarthaJeanne
Editat: oct. 4, 2020, 6:03am

Recipients of books who submit reviews to LibraryThing hereby grant LibraryThing, the book's publisher and its author perpetual NON-exclusive permission to use of the review, together with their first name and city/town of residence, for purposes of entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity without additional compensation, except where prohibited by law. LibraryThing, the publisher and the author reserve the right to edit reviews for clarity or language or to use only excerpts from them. Neither LibraryThing nor the publisher is under any obligation to publish a review.

https://www.librarything.com/er/signup

So yes, you agreed to this when you signed up for ER.

3Ignatius777
oct. 4, 2020, 6:43am

Oh, didn't realise. Would be nice to be credited though y'know ......

4lilithcat
oct. 4, 2020, 9:00am

"permission to use of the review, together with their first name and city/town of residence" - so does that mean the publisher may include the name/city or must include them?

I would argue that "together with" means that such credit is required.

5.mau.
oct. 5, 2020, 6:02am

European copyright laws are a bit different from US ones, so I am not sure it is relevant here, but here the author of a text (in this case, the review) cannot alienate them, and therefore the reviewer name must be added. The wording of the ER rules seem to confirm this, anyway.

So I think that the publisher should add Ignatius777's name, but they have the right to use the text - and I believe this is just fine.

6Ignatius777
oct. 5, 2020, 7:12am

Yes, a credit would be appreciated - just on principle, otherwise it's just plagiarism.

I'll update if/when I hear back from them.

7LyndaInOregon
oct. 12, 2020, 5:49pm

Umm .... why do you think publishers offer new releases for review? I had always assumed it was to garner favorable opinions to be used in marketing. Am I way out of line here? (And yes, I was aware that in signing up as an early reviewer, my review comments could be used by LT or the publishers.)

Note that I'm not saying reviewers should be dishonest in their evaluations, but in all honesty, a review that says "this is the worst piece of garbage I've ever had the misfortune of reading" is probably not going to get reprinted. It's part of the crapshoot of sending material out for review.