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Stevan Harnad harnad at cogito.ecs.soton.ac.uk
Fri Mar 30 06:39:33 EST 2001

On Fri, 30 Mar 2001, Abbott, Bruce wrote:

>    --> SEE http://chronicle.com/free/2001/03/2001032902t.htm
> Isn't it an argument in favor of Stevan's self-archiving policy ?

Four caveats, if you wish to make sense of copyright in the
PostGutenberg Galaxy:

(1) Distinguish the anomalous flea (the refereed research literature,
always an author give-away literature) from the much bigger and more
representative dog (books, magazines, definitely NOT an author give-away
literature). One (legal) size does NOT fit both.


(2) Distinguish the copyright concerns of the dog from those of the
flea. They are not the same!


(3) There is a legal solution for freeing the flea (the author give-away
literature), but no solution for freeing the dog (because its authors do
not wish to give it away!).


(4) Don't confuse the problems of Napster/Gnutella theft of the
non-give-away dog, with the freeing of the give-away flea.


    Harnad, S., Varian, H. & Parks, R. (2000) Academic publishing in
    the online era: What Will Be For-Fee And What Will Be For-Free?
    Culture Machine 2 (Online Journal)

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