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What a sad loss!
I was not around when old Gramophone magazines were around(pre-70s). It was greatly entertaining and informative to look at the progressive history of music on real pages of the magazine, including advertisements as technology progressed.
The argument of any possibility, such as infringement of copyrights in small manner somewhere, resulting in such a step, personally a huge loss of useful source of information. I can't blame the management, but it is the "risk averse culture" I am afraid which is self-defeating.
I too wasted many hours trying to get the "save as PDF" to work. I sent 4 or 5 emails to Gramophone about this and nobody bothered to reply. As somebody has already said - it would have been a bit more professional if someone in editorial could have been bothered to put up a message saying the service had been withdrawn and saved us all a lot of grief. I cannot understand the need to prevent ancient pages (say from 60s and 70s) from being viewed. If you have to do this, then at least scan the pictures and graphs etc and put those along with the OCR text. Of course it will be too late to do that now, as all the pages have already been scanned & OCRed and it would probably cost too much (even in China) to get a team of people to do it. Sadly, this is another pathetic example of copyright gone mad.
I presume that the copyright issue would not apply to illustrative/advertising material prior to 1940 (70 year limitation)?
What rights in law does the purchaser have over a magazine he purchases? Do they exclude copying an item for his own use if he decides to discard the magazine itself? Why shouldn't the same purchaser have access to an online version in full (with the necessary encryption and password)?
The archive details STILL seem to say that you can read PDFs, so the page is not fully updated.
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what a shame, here I am, scrubbing my 78's, making up posh new covers for them and as added interest was going to download some intelligent comments/historical notes, etc..............bugger!
Although this thread is an old one I wanted to suggest to Martin that one possible option you might consider is to have the ability to view the PDF versions of the magazine as a feature excusively available to current subscribers of the magazine only. It would be an added inducement to subscribe.
I have been buying the magazine off stands here in Canada for years and I think something like that would probably get me off my particular fence and send in my subcsription money.
I wish to add my complaint, along with probably every other subscriber. The concept of every page of every issue being available in PDF format was very exciting and truly 21st century. Without PDF the archive is virtually useless. It's shameful that every one is denied because of a minority.
Surely it can be made available to subscribers?
Footnote: at least I am fortunate in having every issue since 1978, and most from 1960.
As it is known THE NEW YORKER was born almost simultaneously to GRAMOPHONE (1925). You may now buy a four DVD-rom containing the whole collection (and it is a weekly magazine), for $ 60. From front to rear cover, with zoom, writing notes and all kinds of facilities. Hundreds of music chronicles by, say, Andrew Porter or, more recently, Alex Ross, some pages long in the magazine manner. A luxurious book is added. A bargain of bargains (you may read IN COLD BLOOD or Arendt´s chronicle of Eichmann´s trial as they were originally published). Why don´t the English do the same?
Oh dear, what a shame. I absolutely concur with the many comments above: Gramophone Archive is a fantastic way of delivering access to a wonderful HISTORICAL archive of criticism, but without PDFs of the original magazine that concept is only 10% realized. The possibility of accessing, at home, the original review of a favourite recording, and perhaps slipping a printout into the LP sleeve on the collector's shelf... that was a wonderful gift to the world of recorded music. I suspect many, many staunch supporters of the magazine will simply lose interest in the Archive website now, so I passionately hope a solution to this problem can be found.
Like many others, I was hugely disappointed with the way the pdf
issue has been handled. I have been a monthly reader of Gramophone for
almost 25 years and am now trying to do a research project from a
remote location where a complete library collection is not available.
I had been counting on this archive ever since it was introduced. If
the issue is copyright of photos, why not make the pdfs a slightly
lower resolution so as to render the photos useless for commercial
purposes. That would be very simple to do. Google books allows us to
read the entire Life Magazine collection. The resolution is not so
good but everything is clear enough to see, and I cannot imagine anyone
trying to use those photos for anything. Or, the watermark? Why would
that not be sufficient to render a photo
useless for commercial purposes? I really do not understand.
also subscribe to Fono Forum and they post their entire 50 year archive
as downloadable pdfs for those who pay the subscription. They do not
have any problem with it. I note that many of the photos are a bit
blurry, so they seem to have dealt effectively with the problem that
somehow continues to vex and defeat the Gramophone staff.
all I would need for study purposes. I know I am merely repeating what
has already been said earlier, so thank you for your patience.
Best, Herbert Pauls
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