Re: PostGutenberg Copyrights and Wrongs for Give-Away Research

From: Albert Henderson <chessNIC_at_COMPUSERVE.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 08:47:20 -0400

on Fri, 22 Jun 2001 Alan Story <> wrote:
> The ALPSP may call their deal a "model licence"...but instead it should be
> called a "Model-T (as in circa 1930 Model-T Ford ) licence."
> Yes, the author gets the possibility of retaining copyright, but the
> publisher is assigned (at no cost to the publisher it should be underlined)
> ALL of the other rights, including digitalisation rights, re-publication
> rights, rights regarding non-profit educational uses of the work.
> Hence, AFTER hard copy publication ( and hence not conflicting with Harnad's
> "subversive proposal"), the publisher has the right to prevent any "open
> archiving" by an author(X) or her/his work and the right to charge the
> students of X's colleague a copyright royalty fee for the non-profit
> educational use of that article.
> In other words, a tiny tad better than the standard contract available with
> most commercial publishers...but still a Model T in the contemporary era.
> Any license should grant only one right to a publisher: a first hard-copy
> publication right. And not a tad more.

        Clearly an anti-library anti-science position. It was the
        outspoken interest in electronic formats by major science
        research libraries, more than any other group, that encouraged
        science publishers to invest in digital dissemination.
Albert Henderson
Received on Wed Jan 03 2001 - 19:17:43 GMT

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