Re: Legal ways around copyright for one's own giveaway texts

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2000 23:18:02 +0000

On Fri, 10 Mar 2000, Alan Story wrote:

> Perhaps I don't know who the moderator of Sept.98 is. It
> was the comment I got from a person named "Marvin" that I
> did not find collegial.

Marvin Margoshes is not the moderator; in fact, he is the one who
recently recommended that I step down as moderator...

> Until every desk in every university classroom has its own
> web-accessible computer (still some way off...), there will
> be an interest in paper copies by university teachers.
> Paper copies are indispensable in the form student course
> packs for study and discussion and debate in class by
> reference to words in a text that everyone see in front of
> them. Hard copy is not dead yet for instructional
> purposes.

That may well be, but securing paper copies for teachers and students
is not the focus of this Forum. The focus is freeing the research
literature online for researchers. Of course a spin-off of this will be
free online access for teachers and students too; but this is not the
place to fight the photo-copying war: Paper publishing has genuine
costs that must be covered. It could conceivably be true that
photo-copying threatened the coverage of those costs in the on-paper
era. But we are talking here about another medium and another era. The
online-only medium will free papers of paper costs; let us not obscure
this straighforward fact by advocating a hybrid agenda that would not
be fully justifiable in and of itself.

Stevan Harnad
Professor of Cognitive Science
Department of Electronics and phone: +44 23-80 592-582
             Computer Science fax: +44 23-80 592-865
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton

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