4 petitions

Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Leon Heward-Mills, Richard Delahunty

Save BRI's editor

We demand that Taylor and Francis rescind their decision to terminate Richard Lorch's role as editor of Building Research & Information (BRI). He must be allowed to continue. The publisher's decision is not in the best interests of the journal or the community served by the journal. BACKGROUND The recent decision by Taylor and Francis (T&F) to terminate Richard Lorch's role as editor-in-chief of this leading research journal is a mistake. Building Research & Information is thriving under Lorch's vision, direction and efforts. The high quality of content and mentoring under this editor must continue. The only apparent criterion given by T&F for this decision was that an editor should have a limited period of office. The use of time as a determinant is arbitrary. T&F is unable to offer substantive evidence-based reasons for their decision. No consultation was undertaken by T&F with the editorial board, readers or authors. T&F have dismissed the damage this decision causes to our community. T&F have ignored the many people (associate editors, editorial board members, readers and authors) who have strenuously disagreed with this decision. A mass resignation of the Associate Editors and members of the Editorial Board has occurred over T&F's decision and poor response to further representations and evidence that was offered to them. This dismissal of an excellent editor: "betrays a failure at Taylor & Francis to understand how successful academic journals work: how they are built up by their editors by patient work over many years, by the editors having rich and widely spread networks of contacts, by their being in touch with all the latest developments in the field, and being able to spot future trends. Above all, good editors can harness the good will and hard work - all without financial gain - of all the contributors on whom journals depend. Good editors of this kind are rare and not easily replaced." - Professor Philip Steadman, University College London Further information can be read in the open letter from members of the Editorial Board and Associate Editors to Taylor and Francis here: Twitter:  #saveBRIeditor

Richard Lorch
865 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Susan Mac Nicol

Equal Facebook standards applied to LGBTQI community

There’s been a growing trend with social media giant Facebook in the past years to filter out content that it believes is harmful to both its brand, the community, and its users. We have no problem with this. It makes sound business and ethical sense and with the ongoing government demands for industry leaders like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to step up their game and protect people, country and lives, we applaud any initiative to do just that. What we have a problem with is the double standards we believe it applies to some of its policies and decisions. Nowhere is this more prevalent or evident to those of us than in the LGBTQI community. While we're specifically talking about the book publishing world here, where authors, publishers and bloggers use Facebook as a social and promotional tool, this applies everywhere. We’re talking a world where men love men, men kiss men and men have sex with men, where the use of erotic and sexy pictures are used to promote or tease readers with relationship stories and love and romance tales of men falling in love.  About covers meant to entice the readers with their sexy bare-chested men and their racy look. However, no respectable publisher will publish a cover that’s pornographic. And we all have respectable publishers. Even when it’s ourselves as a self-published author. Even posting in secret or private groups isn’t sacred. Either someone reports a picture based on the fact they are simply trolling to make trouble, or Facebook bots find a picture and take it down. We were under the impression private and secret groups were ‘safe spaces’. This is not said with any element of naivety. We understand that pornographic pictures can’t be posted in groups as well, that pictures still need to meet community standards. We completely agree with this. Again, our concern is this appears to be one set of rules for one and another for the LGBTQ community. This group posts naked women with bare butts, nipples, and women together in sensual and erotic poses, yet when we do the same with men, we are targeted and banned. Until the rules are the same for everyone you’ll forgive us that we cannot take the Facebook Community Standards seriously, and until we are all judged on the same content, ditto. Double standards abound. You can read the full post that Susan Mac Nicol, author of gay romantic fiction, wrote here on her website. THIS is what this petition is about. We want people to sign up who support the LGBTQI publishing and author community, or simply believe that there is an element within the Facebook standards that appears to target LGBTQI posts. We’d like Facebook to take a good, hard look at its policies and tell us they are fair and that they are listening to our concerns. We’d like some reassurance that we AREN’T being targeted and some solid proof to back it up. We’d like some common sense applied to the algorithms and reviewers who are unbiased and fair. We aren’t asking for any separate rules to be applied or any concessions. We’re asking to be treated the same as anyone else, with clearer guidelines and less perceived discrimination. Thank you for listening. Please support the petition if you feel the same way. Share, tweet, blog, get the word out. The only way we’ll ever be heard is together. One lone voice creates a sound; many create a choir.  

Susan Mac Nicol
1,313 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

Petition to Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Nigel Adams, Matt Hancock, Nick Clegg MP, Michael Dugher MP, Julie Ward MEP, Helen Hayes MP, Chi Onwurah MP, Deidre Brock MP, Pete Wishart MP, Kevin Brennan MP, John Whittingdale MP, David Warburton MP, Dr Rupa Huq MP, Tim Razzall MP

MPS can: Save Our Songs - SOS! "10p a Play" on streaming music

If we care about music then we need to pay for it. Whilst it is legal to listen for free, people will listen for free! Look at these 3 facts: Artists royalties from streaming are pitiful (£0.006 per play) The music industry is shrinking  Spotify doesn't make a profit THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE 3 steps to save music: Make free streaming illegal (such as Spotify's free service) Police and shut down illegal pirate sites Introduce a 10p a play law on all streaming (come on kids - you can pay 10p) How would 10p a play work Each streaming service requires a "pay as you go" account (including youtube music videos) - (this would replace subscription based streaming) If you listen to a song 10 times on a platform - you own it - £1 for a song you clearly love! Make the British Music Industry great again!   Imagine a world without music! - Artists like myself cannot survive like this. Kevin Kadish - "For a song like ‘All About That Bass,’ that I wrote, which had 178 million streams,” Kadish began, without specifying any streaming services.  “I mean $5,679? That’s my share. That’s as big a song as a songwriter can have in their career and number one in 78 countries." - “But you’re making $5,600. How do you feed your family?” La Roux - “Spotify, thanks for the £100 for this quarter just gone, one more month and I might be able to afford your premium service,” La Roux tweeted. “Lucky me!” Songwriters are a dying breed: the number of actively-working songwriters in Nashville has plunged 80 percent since 2000. And that doesn’t even count the supporting cast of studio technicians, licensing administrators, producers, and session musicians that once earned solid salaries. One band posted their royalty statement online: Over 1 MILLION plays = less than $5k - that's not enough to support ONE band member for 3 months let alone 5 members for a year. 10p a play would = £100,000 (less 2.5p for platform and 2.5p for label) =  $50k - not a fortune for the band; but a step in the right direction without asking too much from music listeners. A little story in how the world currently operates: A musician takes his bike to a repair shop, he's in there for 20 mins; during which time he can hear his album is being streamed from a laptop. At the end of the 20 mins the musician is asked to pay £40 for the bike repair; the musician asks the mechanic - "do you like this album?"; the mechanic says "I love it! I'm listening to it for free on Spotify!"; the musician says "well, this is my album - how's about knocking 40p off my bill?"; the mechanic says "on yer bike mate!"  

Alfie (David) Jackson
30 supporters