Central versus institutional self-archiving

From: Bernie Black <bblack_at_law.stanford.edu>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2003 04:12:25 +0000

I think it is an open question whether centralized or distributed archiving
will dominate. Maybe both can coexist. A good copyright agreement ought
to allow both. Then SSRN can pursue its centralized strategy, and
individual authors/schools can pursue distributed strategies. The bet of
the law reviews, and the for-profit peer-review journals as well, is that
distributed archiving is not a threat (which is why they allow posting to a
personal web page), but centralized archiving such as SSRN provides is.

As long as authors keep sufficient copyright, they can use one, the other,
or both. That's my goal here.


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Received on Sat Nov 22 2003 - 04:12:25 GMT

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