transcribed ASL poetry

Valerie Sutton sutton at SIGNWRITING.ORG
Mon Jul 11 16:00:00 UTC 2005

SignWriting List
July 11, 2005

Hello Kim and Everyone -
No, we have never transcribed those works...

We have never transcribed any videos from DawnSign Press because of  
permission issues, so I would be very careful. Write to ask  
permission, but don't expect miracles! Perhaps you could write  
directly to the authors of those works to see how they feel about it.  
If they don't mind, then perhaps they can convince DawnSign press...I  
don't think it has anything to do with whether they understand what  
SignWriting is or not...I think they want to make sales...If you  
could convince them that your work would increase their sales, that  
might be different...For example, the transcription could be included  
with their package when they sell it to people...but that kind of  
work will take a contract and I will have to personally be involved  
with the contract. So I would suggest working with less famous authors!

Val ;-)


On Jul 11, 2005, at 8:19 AM, Kimberley A. Shaw wrote:

Hello everyone:
before I go and possibly re-duplicate somebody else's work ... have  
any of
you ASL SignWriters transcribed poetry by Clayton Valli or Ella Mae  
Or other contemporary ASL poets?
Do you know if they (or their publishers) will give permission to
transcribe & distribute from their published videos, or if such  
is even necessary? I figure that one poem out of a whole collection  
be well within copyright fair-use guidelines. On the other hand, I have
already approached DawnSign Press about transcribing *one* story from  
Signing Naturally #2 video for the ASL Reader I'm making, and have been
turned down. (They've granted me permission to use the transcription in
class only, but not to distribute it beyond my own and my classmates'
use.) I'm also not sure if DawnSign realizes that this is still *in* ASL
and not the equivalent of glossing.
Kim from Boston

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