transcribed ASL poetry

Kimberley A. Shaw kshaw at WELLESLEY.EDU
Mon Jul 11 17:09:59 UTC 2005

Hello Val:
The marketing angle does make sense to me. I've been turned down by Deaf
Life Press as well, when I asked if I could transcribe "Crackers" from
"Meeting halfway in American Sign Language" -- which is why there is now a
book review in my ASL anthology (how could they argue against a nice,
little illustrative quote?). However, I had been planning on sending them
a complimentary copy of the anthology, with a little note pointing out
that they are getting free publicity here, as far as marketing this
particular book goes!

sw-l at on Monday, July 11, 2005 at 12:00 PM -0500
>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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