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While maybe 30% of our reviews (at a rough guess) are volunteer, the rest of them have in a sense been paid for since the reviewer keeps the review material we send him or her in those cases. Often these are things that don’t make it to this country for years to come, also scarce Advance Uncorrected Proofs, occasional signed editions, and sometimes just very nice materials. In those cases, especially, we think we should retain the right to keep the review from appearing in another publication without due credit given to GMR.
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Given the investment of so many of our staff and resources in the process that makes a review part of our magazine, we think that even in the case of volunteer reviews, we should be able to keep it from appearing in other publications w/o due credit to GMR.
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