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View as PDF not working

What's happened to the view as PDF option?  It was working fine a couple of days ago, but the only option today when viewing is the 'spot an error' one.  I do hope you get this fixed soon.

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The view as PDF option is still not working even today! Please, could you fix it?

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Firstly, my apologies for the delay in adding a comment here, but this really is my first opportunity to do so since yesterday evening.

We've had to remove the PDF download facility from the site.

While I appreciate that this will be a disappointing step for everyone, we really had no choice, as it has become necessary in order to protect the copyright of both the words and images used in Gramophone magazine (and therefore of the writers, photographers and image libraries we have worked with over the years to bring this content to you) which we'd discovered were being used in ways not in the spirit of the Archive.

We are still exploring ways to improve the Archive as it stands, but in the meantime you can still read the OCR'd text, and we'd encourage you to continue reporting errors that you find so that we can correct them.

I'm sorry that this is not the answer you would have liked, but I do hope you can appreciate that this is not a step we've taken lightly.

Martin

Editor and Publisher, Gramophone

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I think you should consider to stop printing the paper version of the magazine... Someone could scan it after all!!!

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Very bad news. Some of us got rid of our paper copies when the PDFs came along, and you are as well aware as the rest of us that the OCR'ed text is so inaccurate as to be unusable in most cases. Wouldn't it have been possible just to add a "request take-down" button for aggrieved copyright-holders? (And how does leaving the (OCR'ed) text online address the possible concerns about authors' copyright that you mentioned?) As an earlier poster said, vast numbers of journals and magazines have digitized their archives, many of them even charging for access. For examples of consumer magazines with complete colour scans, check out http://books.google.co.uk/books/magazines/language/en?hl=en . There must be a better way for Gramophone to deal with this issue. I hope that you will urgently reconsider this action.

In the meantime, you will surely wish to remove the claims all over the site that as a member, "you will be able to read original pages as PDFs".

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Thanks for your feedback everyone - needless to say I didn't expect it to be a popular decision. To address some of your points, the problem was the way the Archive was created. If it had been html pages, while technically people could have taken content it would have been more awkward to do so, and of limited use as it would have been web resolution. The PDFs we created are, however, high resolution downloads - so our main concern, as I'm sure you can understand, was therefore about the copyright of photographs.
We are beginning to explore the options now open to us.
Martin

Editor and Publisher, Gramophone

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Since my last remark was not to bright (ehh... emotions!) I want to add something. PDFs were not only the way of quick tracking down copy-back material but also the way of getting acquainted with the magazine for new (potential) readers - as it could be in my case. Unfortunately I put it aside for weekend and... the possibility disappeared. What a pity! Please, find a reasonable solution also for people like me. I think there is more of us!!! Thanks!

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i appreciate the effort mr cullingford

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Good mornig, sir.

Bad news, because I throw to the bin my twenty years old issues of Gramophone!

And what a mess, because the size of the images of the contents pages are illegible, and the OCR'ed text is so inaccurate as to be unusable in most cases.
Your decision signficantly reduces the interest of the archive (to a minimun), so I hope that you will urgently reconsider this action. I beg you.
Thanks for you time.

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I loved being able to view the old articles as PDF's but it would have been helpful if there was a note on the archive somewhere, other than in the forum, to say this facility is no longer working, which would have saved me over an hour of wasted time, trying to access the pages by using other web browsers, deleting my cookies etc...

I think the copyright problem should be able to be addressed by using a "report this page as a copyright infringement" button.

You can also have a stern warning that the images and articles must not be reproduced for any purpose without the authors' express permission.

I also believe that it is possible to have PDF files that cannot be saved or printed.

I suspect that this problem is being caused by a small handful of luddite killjoys and it would be a great shame if you are not able to resolve this. What you have done so far is excellent work and is very much appreciated.

 

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The watermark is a happy idea, don't you think?

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