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Re: DeepDyve - 99 cent article rentals

I am surprised that Steven (or anyone else for that matter) is 
surprised that PLoS content is available on the DeepDyve site. 
All PLoS articles are published under CC attribution license 
(which does not prevent commercial reuse), just like most of the 
major OA journals/publishers. DeepDyve does not even need to take 
PLoS permission to index, host, or even sell the material on 
their web site. I am glad DeepDyve is not charging for PLoS 
articles (or Hindawi articles), but if they did, they would be 
within their legal rights and would not need to get any 
permissions from the publisher or the authors (as the copyright 
holders) in order to do that.

Ahmed Hindawi

On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 8:42 PM, Stevan Harnad <harnad@ecs.soton.ac.uk>wrote:

>> DeepDyve - iTunes comes to Science Publishing
>> http://j.mp/tZIdF
> I'm surprised PLoS would agree to provide its content as part 
> of the perks for a pay-per-view scheme. This gives "re-use" a 
> whole new dimension.
> DeepDyve is of course doomed (by OA), but OA is going about its 
> inevitable destiny so glacially slowly that there's probably 
> time for a few bucks to be made out of this absurd scheme 
> (motivated by the equally absurd pricing practices of classical 
> pay-per-view).
> Just surprised to see PLoS along for the ride. (Since they make 
> no money out of it, it is presumably for the sake of eyeballs, 
> but they're reaching those current eyeballs at the cost of 
> prolonging the darkness for far more future ones. It's not even 
> like a pay-to-pollute scheme, in that it's not self-limiting 
> but self-perpetuating...
> Stevan Harnad