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  1. These indemnity clauses can also apply to editors, as I discovered when I became the editor of the Journal of the History of Sexuality. Along with the excellent advice in Gillian Frank’s article, authors and editors should also seek legal counsel from their universities. I insisted upon receiving (and was granted) a guarantee that my university would pay any legal expenses arising from such law suits before I would sign my contract for the editorship. This was not easy, since university legal departments do not particularly like dealing with individual faculty members (as opposed to upper-level university business) — just one more sign of the corporatization of university administrations. I think it is important to push legal services departments on university campuses to become aware of this issue and to help individual authors and editors to push back. All universities have a stake in making it possible to produce scholarly work without the threat of personal financial ruin. We need to make it very clear that protecting individual scholars in these cases is imperative to the preservation of academic freedom.

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