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Re: We have met the enemy...
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- From: "Peter B. Boyce" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sat, 20 May 2000 23:34:02 EDT
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Speaking of the enemy... I just finished a column for C&RL News, a publication of the ACRL, a division of the ALA.. The author agreement is one of the most restrictive I have run into, forbidding the posting or distribution of this work anywhere. Apparently I can't even post it on my Web site. Fortunately the column is available on line from their Web site -- maybe because I complained so bitterly that their restrictive copyright transfer agreement seemed to be more in line with what I would expect a commercial publisher to propose -- and very much at odds with the general tenor of the feeling among the library community. As a counter example, my organization, the American Astronomical Society, asks for transfer of copyright -- to ensure we can "republish" the articles in new formats to keep them available by the latest technology -- but we specifically allow the author to post or redistribute their own articles. Still, it seems out of character for a library association to have such restrictive copyright agreements as the ALA does. I am glad to say that the editor of the journal says the ALA will be reviewing their copyright agreements in the near future. The point is that we all may fall prey to actions which are motivated by greed, but which are inappropriate in the electronic era. If anyone is interested in my thoughts about preprint servers, my column is available at http://www.ala.org/acrl/scholcomm.html. Cheers, --Peter-- _________________________________________________________ Peter B. Boyce - Senior Consultant for Electronic Publishing, AAS email: email@example.com Summer address: Winter: 4109 Emery Place, 33 York St., Nantucket, MA 02554 Washington, DC 20016 Phone: 508-228-9062 202-244-2473 _________________________________________________________