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Re: Princeton bans academics from handing all copyright..
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- From: Sandy Thatcher <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 19:38:14 EDT
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One example of how a university (much in the news these days) handles copyright in faculty work is Michigan: http://www.lib.umich.edu/news/u-m-updates-campus-wide-copyright-policy Sandy Thatcher >I am sorry if my post was not clear, but no hyperbole, or even >controversy, was intended. > >It is, of course, perfectly possible for a university to claim >faculty works as work made for hire. Indeed, many schools do >make this claim over certain types of works, but it is fairly >rare to assert work for hire over traditional works of faculty >scholarship like journal articles. Staff work is often treated >differently. But in any case, my point was that a work for hire >claim by the employing institution is very different from a >self-imposed non-exclusive license granted to the university by >the faculty authors themselves, who must be the copyright >holders in order to do so. > >As a member of my university's intellectual property board, I >can assure you that I perceive no desire at all to assert work >for hire over faculty scholarship. > >As for the comment about publishers wishing to thwart open >access policies, I can simply refer you to the new "author >rights" policies adopted by Elsevier and the American Chemical >Society. Elsevier especially is very clearly trying to >discourage faculty open access policies, attempting to grant >more generous rights to authors at schools without such >policies. Such new rules from publishers, of course, would not >be needed if faculty work was all work for hire, but these >publishers clearly understand that this is not the case. There >may be exceptions, but making those exceptions into an argument >against the general point is not helpful. > >Kevin L. Smith, M.L.S., J.D. >Director of Scholarly Communications >Duke University, Perkins Library >P.O. Box 90193 >firstname.lastname@example.org
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