We are saddened to report the passing of CSUSA Member Paul Aiken. Paul was formerly the executive director of the Authors Guild. He died on January 29th of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He was 56.
Aiken led the guild through a time of tremendous change in the book industry, particularly in the digital area. It was during his tenure that the guild filed its lawsuit against Google that charged that the company’s library book scanning project was copyright infringement. Aiken helped to craft the agreement to settle the case... Another initiative issue championed by Aiken was getting publishers to raise the royalty rate on e-books, a cause that remains one of the guild’s top priorities.
Says Authors Guild president Roxana Robinson on the Guild's website
Paul Aiken was brilliant, fierce and generous... Brilliant and fierce can
change the world, but it's generosity that makes it a better place. For
twenty years Paul worked to make the world a better place for writers,
readers and everyone else affected by the written word.
Paul started a blog, n=2.com, to document his fight against ALS and to "build a global community" of people with ALS. He also launched the N=2 Foundation with the goal of building a global ALS patient registry and providing medical equipment and assistance to people with ALS in developing countries.