Re: Copyright: Form, Content, and Prepublication Incarnations

From: Steve Hitchcock <sh94r_at_ECS.SOTON.AC.UK>
Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2001 19:08:59 +0100

At 16:18 24/10/01 +0100, Stevan Harnad wrote:
>On Wed, 24 Oct 2001, Albert Henderson wrote:
> > 2. Released on the Internet, a work cannot be withdrawn
> > from further distribution by the copyright owner.
> >
> > Just as a print publisher can withdraw unsold
> > copies of a book from sale, a server can delete
> > a work and prevent further circulation.
>A URL can perhaps be removed from its original site if the author
>acquiesces, and if that site is still under the control of the
>self-archiving author. But when it comes to the countless mirrors,
>caches, back-up archives and local/global downloads netwide, and their
>own respective continuing lifelines and sequelae -- i.e., the "further
>circulation" -- forget it!

There are all sorts of sites that users are unlikely ever to access. More
importantly there are well known caches maintained by ResearchIndex and
Google, and now this, Internet Archive's WaybackMachine. Truly a new dimension

Steve Hitchcock
Open Citation (OpCit) Project <>
IAM Research Group, Department of Electronics and Computer Science
University of Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 3256 Fax: +44 (0)23 8059 2865
Received on Thu Oct 25 2001 - 18:22:41 BST

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