Re: Evolving Publisher Copyright Policies On Self-Archiving

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Sun, 7 Nov 2004 15:27:16 +0000

On Sun, 7 Nov 2004, Donat Agosti wrote:

> This seems to be an article of interest to the open access debate?
> Paul A. David (2004) "Can 'open science' be protected from the
> evolving regime of IPR protections?" Journal of Institutional
> and Theoretical Economics 160 (1, 2004): 9-34

For at least 92% of this science, no further "protection" is
necessary -- if only we would stop fussing about IPR and
focus instead on providing OA: by self-archiving at least 92%
of our articles -- *now* (without even waiting for our employers
and funders to mandate it)!

Stevan Harnad

P.S. Even for those who are Creative Commons (CC) License advocates first,
and OA advocates only second, your own objectives -- eminently worthwhile
and highly desirable and beneficial as they are -- would be far better
served if you advised those whose first concern is OA for the 2.5
million annual articles in the world's 24,000 peer-reviewed journals
to self-archive their own articles now. The very best way to prepare
the road for CC in this special domain (refereed journal articles) is
to first attain 100% OA. It will all be downhill for CC from there. But
not from here -- and especially if premature (and unnecessary) calls
for CC (in this special domain, unlike music, software, film and trade
publication) help to delay attaining immediate 100% OA!

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