Cloture on public-domain solution

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2001 23:10:24 +0000

Ok. Joseph has had the last word. But now I am using the moderator's
prerogative to invoke cloture on this topic in the American Scientist
Forum: Until relevant and substantive new data or documentation is
brought to bear on the topic, there will be no more postings on the
alternative of making one's papers public-domain as a means of freeing
the refereed research literature from online access tolls. Please
re-direct any further postings on this topic to the CNI Copyright list: -- SH

On Sat, 8 Dec 2001, Joseph Pietro Riolo wrote:

> On Sat, 8 Dec 2001, Stevan Harnad <> wrote:
> >
> > Joseph Riolo has not understood this point and I do not think anything
> > is gained from further repetition, unless there is some new, pertinent
> > information introduced.
> To be very blunt (forgive me), Stevan Harnad's position on copyright
> is flatly wrong. I am a bit worried that his position will become
> Achilles heel for some or many authors in the long term. The authors
> must always follow this commandment if they want to accomplish
> the goals in making their works available to the public without
> charge: You must not transfer, assign, or give up your whole
> copyright to anyone else anytime in your life.
> Putting your work in the public domain is a nice alternative
> and is much simpler than many other approaches but I am fully
> aware that this is not a popular option. So be it.
> Joseph Pietro Riolo
> <>
> Public domain notice: I put all of my expressions in this
> post in the public domain.
Received on Sat Dec 08 2001 - 23:10:41 GMT

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