Re: PostGutenberg Copyrights and Wrongs for Give-Away Research

From: Albert Henderson <chessNIC_at_COMPUSERVE.COM>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 21:40:25 -0400

on Fri, 22 Jun 2001 Alan Story <> wrote:
> As soon as someone suggests " you know it really is a crazy system under
> which commercial publishers acquire, at no cost, all intellectual property
> rights to the work of authors which is produced by the often-unpaid labour
> of academics (because they love their subject area) and by the money of
> taxpayers (academic salaries, fellowships, libraries, prior education, etc.)
> and student tuition fees" you get accused of taking "clearly an anti-library
> anti-science position."
> Not at all clear to me, Albert, just as it was not clear to a lot of people
> some centuries that the earth was flat just because people said it was.

        Also not clear is that saying that unpaid authors give
        away their copyrights doesn't make it true.

        Money is not the only token of value. One of the key
        fallacies that burdens this forum is the failure to
        recognize the economic exchanges that course through
        the research communication process. Publishers exchange
        recognition and dissemination services for the copyrights
        of the articles they publish. Every economist I know agrees.

        By the same token, the value of self-publishing is of lesser
        value because it is unselective and offers little archival
        promise in spite of the mis-use of the word by Harnad and

        Thanks for helping me clear this up.

Albert Henderson
Received on Wed Jan 03 2001 - 19:17:43 GMT

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