Re: PostGutenberg Copyrights and Wrongs for Give-Away Research

From: Richard Stallman <>
Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2002 14:15:17 -0600

        Texts that an author has himself written are his own intellectual

To refer to a text as someone's "intellectual property" spreads a
dangerous propaganda term which also spreads confusion. (See for more explanation
of why this is so.)

    The text is still the author's
        "intellectual property," in the sense that authorship is retained by
        the author, and the text may not be plagiarized by anyone,

That is even more confusing, since it stretches the meaning of
"intellectual property" even further than normal.

To avoid confusion, I suggest you rewrite it as follows:

        When you write an article, you are the copyright holder; you
        are free to give away or sell copies, on-paper or on-line
        (e.g., by self-archiving), as you see fit.
Received on Sun Jul 21 2002 - 21:15:17 BST

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