[LINK] Copyright in adapted works [was Digital copyright ...] [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Stephen Wilson swilson at lockstep.com.au
Tue Jun 10 16:48:50 AEST 2008

Thanks Graham.

Yes, the range of forms of copyright assignation is wondrous.  The ones 
I like best are as described -- the publisher copyrights the book, while 
the papers' authors retain pretty well full rights to their text.  Seems 
to make sense both ways.  What publisher in their right mind really 
wants to spend time monitoring, adjudging and prosecuting derivations? 
Makes better business sense being an author-friendly publisher, make 
people actually want to publish in your pages!



Graham.REYNOLDS at deewr.gov.au wrote:
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>> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman1.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Stephen Wilson
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>> Subject: [LINK] Copyright in adapted works [was Digital copyright ...]
>> A more mundane but to me more familiar example is when I sign over to 
>> a publisher copyright in the production of a conference paper: they 
>> get to own the form in which it is produced by them, but I retain 
>> copyright in the original text.  It makes sense (to me at any rate) 
>> that my writing represents one piece of intellectual property, that I 
>> own and can modify and improve and publish again as I wish, while the 
>> actual printed work is another piece of IP, imbued with the 
>> publisher's brand, and improved by their editing, indexing and 
>> imprimatur, all of which adds some value.
> Stephen, I'd recommend you read your publisher's copyright agreement
> carefully. You could find that the publisher requires you as an author
> to transfer copyright ownership on acceptance of publication, and while
> you'll no doubt retain some rights and permissions, you could be
> surprised by the obligations that you are now under. For example, you
> may have to include the publisher's copyright notice into all copies of
> the paper that you or your employer maintain on non-publisher servers or
> repositories. And the distinction between what is a revision of the
> publication, what is a derivation, and what is a new work (hence a new
> publication at some stage) is an interesting question in its own right.
> Cheers,
> --Graham
> ________________________________
> Dr Graham Reynolds
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> Employment and Workplace Relations
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>> Cheers,
>> Stephen Wilson
>> Managing Director
>> Lockstep
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