Re: Copyright: Form, Content, and Prepublication Incarnations

From: Charles Oppenheim <C.Oppenheim_at_LBORO.AC.UK>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2001 08:22:11 +0000

>On Wed, 14 Nov 2001, Joseph Pietro Riolo wrote:
>> > 6. How to get around restrictive copyright legally
>> >
>> I have a great doubt about the legality on the second statement in the
>> section 6.1 (saying that an author is not bound by any future copyright
>> transfer agreement). How do you arrive at that conclusion? Which
>> law says that you are not bound by any future copyright transfer
>> agreement?

Stevan has already answered this query most eloquently. I would just add
that one hardly needs to cite supporting cases to confirm that someone can
assign or license copyright that (s)he lawfully owns to a third party
irrespective of what (s)he has done with the materials up until the
copyright assignment/licence is signed.

Professor Charles Oppenheim
Dept of Information Science
Loughborough University
Leics LE11 3TU

Tel 01509-223065
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Received on Thu Nov 15 2001 - 11:11:44 GMT

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