[LINK] RFC: A Copright Licence for ePrints
Roger.Clarke at xamax.com.au
Sun Mar 27 17:05:21 EST 2005
This will interest linkers who are into digital libraries, especially
librarians, but will probably make everyone else's eyes glaze ...
I've been developing a paper on a specific aspect of the open access
/ eprints movement.
My proposition is that we need a copyright licence for eprints, which
reflects the needs of all stakeholders.
I'd greatly appreciate feedback on the ideas, and on the specifics of
copyright law, economics, and stakeholder interests. It's written by
a non-lawyer, for non-lawyers; so the rendition of copyright law is
of necessity legally imprecise - but it can't afford to be actually
I have in mind submitting the paper to a journal shortly, quite
possibly First Monday, although any suggestions as to an appropriate
venue would be appreciated.
Thanks! ... Roger
A Proposal for Open Content Licensing
for Research Paper (Pr)ePrints
Many academic papers that are to be submitted to refereed conferences
and journals have been previously exposed to the author's colleagues.
The term 'preprints' has long been used to describe such documents.
'Departmental Working Paper' series were for many years a
conventional vehicle for their publication. In the modern world,
preprints are frequently transmitted electronically, variously as
email attachments and as files available for download over FTP or
It is inherent in copyright law that the author provides the
recipient not only with a copy, but also with a licence. In most
cases of electronic distribution of preprints, however, the licence
is only implicit, and the terms of the licence are unclear. This
creates the potential for considerable uncertainties, and those
uncertainties are of serious concern in the context of tension
between for-profit publishers of refereed articles and the research
communities that referee and edit them for-gratis, and depend on them
for early access to information.
This paper briefly reviews the open content and ePrints movements,
considers the interests of the various stakeholders, proposes a set
of licence terms intended to satisfy the needs of all parties, and
concludes that a particular Creative Commons licence-type should be
applied to all electronic preprints.
Roger Clarke http://www.anu.edu.au/people/Roger.Clarke/
Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, 78 Sidaway St, Chapman ACT 2611 AUSTRALIA
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Visiting Professor in the Baker Cyberspace Law & Policy Centre, UNSW
Visiting Professor in the eCommerce Program, University of Hong Kong
Visiting Fellow in Computer Science, Australian National University
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