Re: Open Access Does Not require Republishing and Reprinting Rights

From: Christopher D. Green <christo_at_YORKU.CA>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2004 15:05:10 -0500

Fytton Rowland wrote:

> Copyright is, I believe, significantly different in the UK and the USA. In
> the UK, as Iain says, copyright exists as soon as a text is written by its
> author, whether it is published or not. In the USA, copyright has to be
> registered.

This has not been true for many years now. See p.3 col. 2 of

> In Europe there are moral rights (such as the right to be
> identified as the author of your work) which remain with the author
> even if
> the copyright is transferred to another.

And a very sensible system this is, which the US should adopt. Giving up
ownership need not entail giving up authorship.

Christopher D. Green
Department of Psychology
York University
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M3J 1P3
phone: 416-736-5115 ext. 66164
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Received on Fri Jan 16 2004 - 20:05:10 GMT

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