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We began our research based on an online caution for foreign writers and ended it with the discovery of a series of stolen works. We found that Hungarian SF magazine Galaktika regularly published articles from foreign writers without permission. The cover of the Galaktika magazine for March caused turmoil at Moly a Hungarian online book database at the beginning of March. The biggest issue with the th issue of Galaktika was unfortunately not the cover, but rather that the magazine had published a number of works without a permit.

It would later be discovered that this was not a one-time incident, but that most of the short stories that were published last year had also been released without the consent of the authors, meaning that Galaktika is guilty of stealing the rights to these pieces.

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However, galwktika continuing this article, a brief introduction to the magazine is required. Galaktika magazine has been publishing SF stories since its creation in by Magazie Kuczka, who continued to manage the magazine until For the most part, the writings of Hungarian authors of the genre maggazine published int he magazine where translations of gwlaktika works could also be enjoyed. Under the communist regime, Galaktika was a cornerstone of the genre; however — galakktika many other things — shortly magazije the democratization of the country, the magazine flopped.

The current chief editor is Istvan Burger, and the literary editor is Attila Nemeth. The interview with them was concluded and will be available to read soon; the letter of response to this article from Istvan Burger is available at the end of galaktila piece.

However, while I was preparing for the interview, my eye caught the following. Something seemed odd about this magazine. Before the interview with the heads of Galaktika, I began researching the magazine, which is when I discovered the Foreign Market List by Doug Smith ; he listed a number of foreign publication opportunities for SF authors and labelled the papers in each country according to how they handle submitted pieces.

This is where the following warning was discovered: This has been going on since One of these short stories was the piece called Documentary by Vajra Chandrasekra published in Galaktika magazine in March and which can be read for free on the website of Lightspeed.

Chandrasekra told me that he had no idea about this recent publication; he had given no consent to magazinw, and had not yet received a royalty for it.

He was tipped-off by Thomas M. Chandrasekra also mentioned that it is not unusual that works are published without royalties payed, but that this is more common in fanzines, but even fanzines publish only after consent from the author. After the correspondence, we were contacted by Thomas M. This time, all these Hungarian sites popped up.

The same requirements still apply as if it were not available for free anywhere; this means that the right to publish and the royalties need to be discussed with the author, the publisher, or the publishing magazine that bought the rights. According to the emails, failed to do this on both occasions. The result was that Galaktika published the intellectual property of two writers without consent.

More on copywright law at the end of the article. Waldroon summarizes his emotions concerning the issue in the following way: Two, because I could have helped the translator. This story is full of bits of American history that are very obscure even to most Americans.

To Hungarians, the story must be baffling without a little explanation. Three, because I have an old-fashioned notion that I ought to get to decide for myself where my stories appear. And four, because they are unfairly profiting off the work of others, and have been for years.


Of course, one could say that there is no need to get angry over two instances. But the question is whether it is really only this many. After the complaints from the two authors, we researched the other articles in the March edition. One of the pieces was part of the retro column, which prints one of the articles previously published by Galaktika again; the other three pieces belong to Hungarian writers.

We assume that they were informed about the publications accordingly — one of whose books is currently being published at Galaktika. We contacted Doctorow and the literary agent of the recently deceased Pratchett: Therefore, after sifting through the March edition of Galaktika, we have reached the astounding conclusion, that of the five authors published in the magazine, not a single one was informed of the publication; they had not consented, nor were they given royalty in exchange.

These are pieces that are protected under copyright law, but nevertheless free to access on the Internet; this means that there is big money to be made if one has the desire to start a successful, but cheap magazine. There is no stopping here: Three out of these six can be accessed for free on the internet.

Two out of the remaining three can be found in two anthologies. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. We attempted to contact a number of authors, but only the veteran sci-fi author Timothy Zahn answered, stating that he knows nothing about the publication. We attempted to contact each of the authors to see whether they sold the rights one by one, although this in itself would seem strange. In the February edition, alongside the usual three online available stories, we also find two pieces: This final work was originally featured in Popular Science under the article Dispatches from the futurewhich introduced ten contemporary and popular authors’ mini short-stories from the near-future.

In the following months, more pieces from this collection appear in Galaktika, while placing the names of the popular writers like Scalzi, Ann Leckie, or Ian Tregillis on the cover. I was the one who had informed Popular Science of the Hungarian translations of this collection; they had given no consent whatsoever.

We skipped the March edition because the magazine was celebrating its th edition by publishing writings from respected Hungarian authors. In April, however, the regular repertoire continues: One of the works found online belongs to Kim Stanley Robinson, whose name is particularly eye-catching. The translation of the story was available for free on a blog. Lee Battersby, author of In from the Snow was also unaware of the publication in this edition of the magazine.

We have not yet received a response from any of these sources. The September edition also contained two stories from YBSF, and the two online stories, which can be found in the magazine were: And this would continue on: Galaktika magazine had, for the most part, published free stories available online; works from two anthologies that may or may not have been stolen; and works from the Popular Science piece.

Two stories in Galaktika

Alongside these, there were publications from Hungarian authors; pieces reused from earlier Galaktika magazines; or works for which I could not find the original source because there is no online source or because the original language was not English. Also, their authors are most probably deceased and are not googling themselves. Of course, this does not mean the magazine may not have bought the rights to these short stories.

During our investigation we contacted multiple papers, publishers, literary agents, and authors. To be fair, there was an author who was informed about the Galaktika publications, that author was Jason Sanford. However, every other contact was oblivious to the publication and not only for last year, but from previous years as well.

Davis was not informed — nor given his due royalty — about a publication from ; in fact, after discovering this, he requested only a contributor’s copy, however the editors did not even respond to his letter. Lily Yu, who submitted a work in was more fortunate, because after it was published in — without informing her — she received a contributor’s copy and a promise of royalty, which would later only remain a promise.

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Multiple works can be accessed for free on the Clarkesworld website.

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We contacted the authors in the YBSF anthology: Ina short story was published by the author of the aforementioned galaktikx, Doug Smith; in he received his royalty from Galaktika. Vajra Chandasekra and Thomas M. Waldroon, authors of the short stories published in March, have already contacted the publisher with regards to royalties.

Waldroon has not yet received an answer, while Chandasekra has been contacted to discuss the royalty. We have not yet been able to reach Tor with regards to their anthologies; furthermore, the New Yorker is yet to reply about the Tom Hanks story, as is Tom Hanks himself although the actor only provided a mailing address on his website.

Hungary as a member of the most important of copyright law conventions, as well as a member of the European Union, is required galakrika grant the same rights to foreign authors as those that are granted to Hungarian authors.

This means that foreign short stories could only have been translated with consent from the foreign authors — writes Mezei. He added that despite these works being free and available online, this does not alter the rights in any way. We asked the expert, what sort of steps can be taken in compensating the authors impaired.

The most moderate penalty that can be given is a caution. However, this mayazine little assistance for the authors, especially considering that their works have already been published illegally by Galaktika and are on the market.

Therefore, the destruction of all illegal material is impossible and only those copies, which are still in storage can be destroyed. It would be a problem even if the illegal publishing of a work occurred in a single instance; however, it seems that it is a regular practice for the Galaktika magazine with a HUF price tag to publish stories found free online and translated without any sort of consent.

Waldron has the following to say about the incident: This practice stops today. Furthermore, we will investigate whether the short stories found in the magazine each coming month and contact the authors about whether they have been informed about the publication.

Istvan Burger, editor-inchief of Galaktika responded to our article in the following way: If they are fortunate, they get a transfer surmounting to the possible number of plays. This is no different in the literary world. Dollarhyde also stated that they have turned to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America with regards to the issue.

After reading our article, Anna Grace Carpenter checked volumes of Galaktika published beforeand contacted authors. Below we provide a list of affected authors from an If you are an author wondering if your work was published in Galaktika without your consent, you sould also check your name in Galaktika’s online bibliography. This is our last choice, the final call and we won’t have any other opportunity but joining and supporting Standing Rock movement in order to protect the natural resources of life for this planet.

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