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

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2000 09:27:10 +0000

On Fri, 3 Nov 2000, Alan Story wrote:

> In a recent posting, Stevan Harnad wrote:
> "The goal is to free the refereed literature for one and all online.
> That is what self-archiving does."
> I am correct in assuming, I take it, that this "freeing" of the academic
> literature also "frees" it from certain copyright restrictions


> and, in
> particular, allows such articles to be downloaded, printed,
> and distributed by academics to own students at the cost of printing,
> that is, allows non-profit educational uses of this literature
> without permission.

Yes, but note that this only applies to the author/institution
self-archived REFEREED JOURNAL literature. This special
author-give-away should literature should not be conflated with
fair-use issues pertaining to, say, textbook or other material that is
non-author-giveaway (i.e., by far the lion's share of the literature)

> This matter is seldom, if ever mentioned, on the list...but anything less
> does not free the literature.

The matter, like many others, is repeatedly mentioned on the list!
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